Advocacy group on pulse of equality efforts

News Notes: Carolinas

RALEIGH, N.C. — This year, amidst the rise of a Republican-led legislature which has already brought an anti-LGBT constitutional amendment to the floor of both chambers, Equality North Carolina (ENC) has it’s plate full.

Volunteers work to mail Equality in Action postcards from the Equality North Carolina offices.

Want to lend your support to help thwart anti-gay legislators’ designs? Then take action with ENC by joining their email and postcard campaigns to convince lawmakers to work on the side of fairness and equality. At press time, over 10,000 Equality in Action cards has been sent out to a variety of people to help educate them about how bad the anti-LGBT amendment is to North Carolina’s LGBT citizens. All across the state, there have been stops on the Equality in Action Tour. These local town hall meetings help to raise funds for initiatives, educate participants on hot topics and energize those who want to become engaged in the valuable work of ENC.

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Daytime office volunteers are still urgently needed to mobilize the postcard campaign. Future nighttime volunteer opportunities are also available. Contact organizer Josh Wynne at or 919-829-0343, ext. 113 to learn more.

Additionally, there’s no time like a party, and ENC is encouraging everyone to host a fundraising party to help collect the necessary war chest that is needed to defend it’s initiatives. For details on how to throw one of these fun-filled events, visit

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ENC also encourages everyone to support the companies who lend their hand to champion equality in the workplace. It is currently seeking companies who are willing to take a stand against the anti-LGBT amendment. North Carolina has a number of companies who score high on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Index. But, that might not be enough. Employers who want to get on board should contact Kay Flaminio at Whether one can take a public stand or help ENC communicate with key legislative leaders, help them take bottom line strategic action that will make a real difference for protecting the dignity of North Carolina’s LGBT community.

For more information, to volunteer or to make a contribution, visit

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at and 704-531-9988, x205.