Constituents of an eastern North Carolina state senator say his legislative assistant crossed the line when she said two weeks ago that LGBT equality was not a civil rights issue and said the devil had tormented a mother’s deceased gay son.
Citizens from across the state will head to Raleigh on Tuesday to participate in a lobby day planned by Equality North Carolina, a statewide LGBT education and advocacy organization.
A recently introduced bill in the General Assembly has students and faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) buzzing.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s office took no position Thursday on a set of bills that could expand workplace non-discrimination protections for state employees and teachers.
Four Democratic lawmakers have introduced a new state employment non-discrimination bill. Unlike a similar bill introduced in late March, the bill introduced Tuesday would also extend protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity to teachers and other school staff across the state.
Meeting in a rare joint session on Wednesday morning, members of the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives approved a slate of six nominees to the state board of education, including anti-gay Forsyth County school board member A.L. “Buddy” Collins.
Three freshmen senators said Tuesday that they want to head off a policy that would allow students of the opposite sex to start sharing bathrooms and common living areas in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus housing suites and apartments next fall.
In addition to several other bills on fracking and workers comp, the North Carolina Senate passed a funeral protest on Wednesday. Gov. Pat McCrory has said he supports the measure, made in response to funeral protests by groups like Westboro Baptist Church.
Staffers with North Carolina’s statewide equality organization were in force at this year’s Creating Change, the annual conference of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
North Carolina’s new General Assembly convened for their new session on Wednesday, bringing with them an historic dominance of Republican control not seen in the state since 1870.
When North Carolina’s new General Assembly convenes Wednesday, Mecklenburg County will enjoy its greatest influence in years, if not ever.
The Huffington Post posted their top 50 LGBT stories of the year on Dec. 24. News from North Carolina made the list, in not-so-pleasant ways — despite our state’s best efforts to remain the sole progressive voice in the South.
So comes the end of the year. Families and friends will gather around dinner tables, Christmas trees. Friends will grab drinks and chat about old times. It’s a warm season full of memory. As we each look back on the past year, qnotes’ features in our last print issue of 2012 recaps of the year’s top politics and community stories. Additionally, we give thanks and recognition to our 2012 People of the Year.
For many, 2012 was a landmark year. It was full of activism and advocacy. Community organizations grew and changed. North Carolinians banded together in the face of an anti-LGBT amendment. The community grew closer and stronger. The amendment, by far, will rank atop any imaginable list of the major stories of the year, as it does here. But, there were certainly other noteworthy happenings over the past 12 months. Good or bad or otherwise, these moments are the hallmarks of this year’s LGBT history.
There was so much activity in 2012, it would be hard to adequately compile it all in one sitting. We’ve hit upon the major happenings, but there were plenty of other milestones, accomplishments and, even, setbacks.