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Julia Boseman honored by Equality North Carolina

Julia Boseman speaks with General Assembly colleagues Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) and Rep. Paul Luebke (D-Durham) at an Equality North Carolina legislative panel. Photo Credit: Equality NC

Julia Boseman speaks with General Assembly colleagues Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) and Rep. Paul Luebke (D-Durham) at an Equality North Carolina legislative panel. Photo Credit: Equality NC

State Sen. Julia Boseman (D-New Hanover) is North Carolina’s only openly gay or lesbian state legislator. In the General Assembly, Boseman is our community’s seat at the table. And for her hard work and dedication to our state’s LGBT community, and her tireless service on behalf of the people of North Carolina, Boseman is this year’s recipient of Equality North Carolina’s Legislative Leadership Award.

This year, North Carolina’s legislature passed and Gov. Bev Perdue signed the LGBT-inclusive School Violence Prevention Act. Effective at the turn of the year, all public school systems will have to adopt stringent anti-bullying policies inclusive of protections for LGBT youth.

Boseman was the legislation’s lead sponsor and chief proponent in the N.C. Senate. Along with her colleagues in the N.C. House, Boseman’s work on the issue made the School Violence Prevention Act our state’s first progressive, LGBT-inclusive piece of legislation, codifying protections for sexual orientation and gender-identity into North Carolina statutes for the first time.

First elected to the Senate in 2004, Boseman didn’t waste anytime getting to work for the people of her district. The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research ranked her the 20th most effective senator out of 50 in her freshman year and said she was the second most effective freshman legislator in the 28-year history of their research.

Q-Notes joins Equality North Carolina in congratulating and honoring Sen. Julia Boseman.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer is a staff writer for QNotes. He previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015.