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Poll: N.C. businesses favor LGBT employee protections

June 4, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

A majority of small business owners in North Carolina say they favor expanding employee protections to include gay and transgender workers.

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LGBT activists stand united for Moral Mondays

June 3, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

Several LGBT community leaders and organizations say they will participate in today’s “Mega Moral Monday” at the North Carolina State Legislature.

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GOP attempts restricting youth health access

May 24, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

A bill restricting teenagers’ access to medical and mental health care narrowly escaped approval in the North Carolina House in May before being taken of the body’s calendar and placed back into committee.

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Bill would allow college student discrimination

May 24, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

The North Carolina Senate approved a bill on May 9 that would allow student groups on college and university campuses to discriminate in membership and leadership.

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Brandon files for 12th District

May 15, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

State Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) has formally announced his decision to run for North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District.

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Bill would allow discrimination in college student groups

May 9, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

The North Carolina Senate today approved a bill that would allow student groups on college and university campuses to discriminate in membership and leadership.

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Teen medical ban could threaten gay youth, say advocates

May 8, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

A bill restricting teenagers’ access to medical and mental health care initially scheduled for a floor vote on Wednesday was instead taken off the calendar and sent back to the North Carolina House’s Judiciary Committee.

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North Carolina marks Amendment One anniversary today

May 8, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

North Carolina’s statewide LGBT advocacy and education group is asking community members across the state to join them in commemorating the one-year anniversary of Amendment One today.

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NC GOP staffer: LGBT equality not a civil rights issue

May 2, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

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.

Chatter grows about Foxx and DOT nomination

April 24, 2013 in News by The Charlotte Observer

Is Anthony Foxx headed to Washington? If there’s anything to the chatter at the N.C. General Assembly, he is.

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LGBT worker protections unlikely this session

April 16, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

An effort to pass non-discrimination legislation designed to protect North Carolina public employees and teachers will face an uphill, if not impossible, battle in the legislature this year.

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LGBT citizens head to Raleigh amid flurry of right-wing legislation

April 15, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

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.

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Triangle: Bill seeks to limit gender neutral housing

April 12, 2013 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

A recently introduced bill in the General Assembly has students and faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) buzzing.

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McCrory: ‘Let legislative process work’ on employment bills

April 11, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

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.

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New state non-discrimination bill introduced, includes teachers

April 10, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

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.

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Anti-gay Forsyth schools leader confirmed to state board

April 4, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

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.

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Bill would override policy for co-ed suites at UNC-CH

April 3, 2013 in News by Matthew Burns

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.

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N.C. non-discrimination bill introduced

March 29, 2013 in News by Matt Comer

State lawmakers introduced bills this week that would extend non-discrimination protections to LGBT state employees.

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N.C. Senate passes military funeral protest bill

February 28, 2013 in News by Matthew Burns

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.

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The southern frontier: Progressive organizing in the South

February 15, 2013 in Featured Stories, News by Matt Comer

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.