North Carolina sports a wide range of candidates who support the LGBT community.

In Asheville, Cecil Bothwell (D) is running for the Democratic nomination in the 11th Congressional District, opposing incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler (D-11th). Though a Democrat, Shuler has broken with most of his own party and has opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), hate crime legislation and, at one time, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Bothwell currently serves on the city council and is an avid LGBT community champion, according to supporters. As an atheist, Boswell is also challenging Shuler, an evangelical Christian, and his ties to radically right religious organizations.

In Charlotte, out lesbian candidate LaWana Mayfield (D) is running to unseat incumbent Charlotte City Councilmember Warren Turner (D-District 3). For more information, read our past coverage at and

Wayne Abraham (D) is running for a spot on Greensboro’s city council. He serves as party chair for the Sixth Congressional District and is a proponent for LGBT rights. As a member of the Greensboro Human Relations Commission, he led the charge to get domestic partner benefits for LGBT employees.

[Ed. Note — The original version of this article contained an incorrect spelling of candidate Cecil Bothwell’s name. We regret the error.]

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,...

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