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Equality North Carolina – QNotes

Our People: Ames Simmons

Policy Director, Equality North Carolina

Ames Simmons is a queer, transgender white man who serves as the first-ever director of Trans Policy at Equality North Carolina, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization.

Poll shows majority of North Carolinians against conversion therapy

Results Show Rare Bipartisan Agreement Among Legislators

New polling data affirms that an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians from every political affiliation support the prevention of licensed medical professionals from conducting so-called “conversion therapy” on LGBTQ minors and disabled adults.

HRC’s index rates N.C.’s LGBTQ laws

Beyond the Carolinas

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index (SEI) and not surprising, North Carolina falls into the category, “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality.”

Anti-violence laws don’t protect gay couples

Around North Carolina: Non-co-habitating couples can’t request legal protection for battering

Despite the Supreme Court ruling, the state was left with an obscure law unlike any other in the the nation that prevents those in same-sex relationships and not sharing a residence from accessing protective orders for domestic violence.

Hopes and aspirations for paying it forward

Community leaders share their New Year’s resolutions

The new year is upon us and what better time to discover and reflect on what we want this annual restart to become for us.
Carolinas LGBTQ and allied community leaders have shared their resolutions and hopes for 2019.

Chamber celebrates holidays, honors community members

Event’s welcome reception and social attended by Gov. Roy Cooper

Last month, the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce celebrated the holiday season in festive style, as well as conducted its final business of the calendar year with its sold out “Shimmer, Shine & Success!” event held at The Westin. The event was also graced by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Voter ID law condemned

Carolinas News Notes

Equality North Carolina has condemned the North Carolina legislature on passage of SB824 which is a new voter identification law that will restrict the ability of vulnerable North Carolinians to cast their votes on Election Day.