Regional: ENC seeks assistance

News Notes: Carolinas

ENC seeks assistance

RALEIGH — Pictures are worth a thousand words, they say. So, ENC is taking the time to collect photographs from area residents to fulfill its initiative to educate the public on what fairness is really about.

ENC wants to create a collection of images to illustrate the dreams and aspirations of LGBT North Carolinians.

They want to assemble an assortment of pictures from all over North Carolina to demonstrate exactly what our state hopes for.

With an emphasis on fairness, freedom and family, let ENC know what equality mean to you.

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To participate, be creative and take a photo of yourself, family and/or friends, telling ENC what you want. Write it on a piece of paper, on a chalkboard or however you like — “I Want” or “We Want” with a simple hope or a picture or an image.

This project was initiated at the 2009 Equality Gala. ENC has been displaying the results throughout the year.

It was inspired by a video created by Basic Rights Oregon.

They want to collect as many photos as possible. Email a picture or send a link to your photo to shawn@equalitync.org. For more information, visit equalitync.org.

Grants boost work

RALEIGH — The Equality NC Foundation received a number of grants in December to support its educational and advocacy efforts to secure LGBT-inclusive, employment non-discrimination protections in North Carolina.

Grant-making organizations include:

• Tides Foundation’s State Equality Fund, a philanthropic partnership that includes the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the Gill Foundation and anonymous donors: two-year grant of $90,000 to be paid in installments of $50,000 in 2010 and $40,000 in 2011. This grant will assist ENC in its efforts to secure workplace protections for state employees and work towards comprehensive anti-discrimination laws.

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• Triangle Community Foundation: $15,000 to support communications and community organizing around non-discrimination work in the Triangle.

• 2009 Crape Myrtle Festival: made an unrestricted grant of $3,000 in support of statewide HIV/AIDS advocacy work.

• The 300 Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina: $3,000 to support new community organizing activities in the Asheville region.

Survey time

CLEMSON — Phillip Lipka, a doctoral student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at Clemson University is currently conducting research for his dissertation which examines factors that can reduce the negative effects of workplace heterosexism for sexual minorities.

He is asking for participants to complete a brief online survey, which should take about 20 minutes.

Visit surveymonkey.com/s/SDTYCJP to join in.

This article was published in the Jan. 23 — Feb. 5 print edition.

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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 specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.