Equality North Carolina, the statewide LGBT education and advocacy group, says Tuesday’s landslide election victories for openly gay and lesbian candidates across the state represent a “turn in the tide on LGBT discrimination.”

The group hailed the election victories of Chapel Hill’s Mark Kleinschmidt and Lee Storrow, Carrboro’s Lydia Lavelle and Charlotte’s LaWana Mayfield, among others, in a statement posted to their website last night.

“Mark and Lydia are experienced leaders in their communities who have been instrumental in putting an LGBT face on local leadership,” Equality North Carolina Executive Director Stuart Campbell said. “And while their wins tonight demonstrate once again that voters elect people based on proven experience, not sexual orientation, Lee and LaWana’s victories also show the importance of our community’s most trailblazing members in moving the state forward, renouncing discriminatory policies, and keeping our state, and its citizens, on the right side of history.”

The group was also out in force helping to educate voters on the upcoming anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment. Volunteers across the state organized to reach out to voters and ask them to pledge to vote against the amendment on May 8, 2012. Activists were able to organize support in Asheville, Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Wake County, and other areas including  Hillsborough, Carrboro, Kure Beach, Brevard, Shelby, Mitchell County, Franklin County, Kernersville and Monroe.

“It’s these very active and informed volunteers and voters who will make all the difference in turning the tide of discrimination in the South and voting against the North Carolina’s anti-LGBT amendment on May 8, 2012,” added Campbell.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.