Regional: Plan today, act in May

News Notes: Carolinas

RALEIGH — Save the date now for ENC’s upcoming Day of Action on May 25. Join hundreds of supporters in letting the legislature know the issues that matter to the LGBT community.

Talking with your elected official can seem intimidating, but it’s easy and often pleasant. Just let them know the issues that are important to you and your family and show them that you are an interested and involved voter.

The simple act of visiting your legislator in person makes more of a difference than a hundred emails, letters or phone calls. Help us humanize LGBT issues and build support for fair and equal treatment of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Last year’s participants were critical to our success in getting both the School Violence Prevention Act and the Healthy Youth Act passed into law.

Online registration for this free event will open this month. ENC be at the Legislative Building at 16 West Jones St.

ENC will schedule appointments for you with your representatives ahead of time. On the Day of Action, they will provide training

on how to talk with elected officials, bring you up to speed on the key issues this session and supply you with handy information packets. They will also group you with other people from your area or neighboring areas so you can go to your appointment with friends and allies.

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ENC will provide lunch and they will end the day with a debriefing on what happened, what was learned and next steps for positive change.

Issues for this year include: Opposing the marriage discrimination amendment to the state Constitution; opposing legislation that negatively affects LGBT parents and their children; supporting legislation for nondiscrimination in employment and housing; supporting funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and care; supporting reform of the “crime against nature” law; and supporting reform of the current hate crime law to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (as well as age, gender and disability status).

Transgender participants may be eligible for subsidy from the Connie Spry Fund. This fund provides assistance in covering transportation and lodging costs for transgender activists with financial need. (This fund was created by a generous donor to honor the memory of ENC’s former board member, Connie Spry, who was a strong advocate for the transgender community.)

For more information, call 919-829-0343 or email enc@equalitync.org.

This article was published in the March 6—March 19 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.