RALEIGH, N.C. — Statewide LGBT advocacy and education group Equality North Carolina today announced the date of their 2012 day-long conference and evening gala fundraiser. The event, now in its sixth year, will be held on Nov. 12 in Greensboro.

The group’s annual Equality Conference will be held at the Elliott University Center at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The day-long event brings together hundreds of community members, activists and leaders for a variety of workshops and sessions. It is designed to encourage grassroots organizing and education.

The gala will be held at Downtown Greensboro’s Empire Room. There, the group will honor this year’s Equality Champions, named in honor of Replacements, Ltd., Founder and CEO Bob Page, one of the most well-known LGBT philanthropists in the state.

Last year’s Equality Champions included Page, Wilmington’s Bo Dean, UNC Law Professors Maxine Eichner and Holning Lau, Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, pastor of the Hickory, N.C., Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church and qnotes editor Matt Comer. Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) was the 2011 Legislator of the Year.

In 2010, Equality North Carolina honored Charlotte’s Roberta Dunn, Greensboro’s Ellen W. Gerber, Rev. Joe Hoffman and Noel Nickle of Asheville’s First Congregational United Church of Christ, Greenville’s Aaron Lucier and Durham’s Joshua Lee Weaver.

The group is currently seeking sponsors for their event. Those interested can email kay@equalitync.org.