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RAIN Founder Announces Retirement

Carolinas News Notes

RAIN has announced that its CEO and president, Debbie Warren, will be retiring in January 2021 from the HIV service organization she founded 28 years ago.

Transgender Woman Sues Georgia Department of Corrections

Beyond the Carolinas

On Nov. 23 Ashley Diamond, a Black transgender woman represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), sued the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) for the second time for its failure to protect her from sexual assault and provide her with adequate healthcare while incarcerated.

In Memoriam: 2020

Year Sees Record-Breaking Deaths in Transgender Community

In what has been described as the most-deadly on record, over 40 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals lost their lives to acts of violence thus far in 2020.

Our People: Dee Murray

Career Nurse, Wife, Mom, and Grandmother

Dee Murray was born and raised in Kings Mountain, N.C. She relocated to Charlotte at a young age and has worked as a healthcare provider since her mid teens.
Murray worked as a nurse’s aide while raising children until obtaining her nursing degree around the age of 40. She is currently an RN for Novant Health in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) where she has worked for the last 10 years.

Looking Ahead for Healthcare Benefits

Looking Ahead for Healthcare Benefits

My entire focus has shifted to the first week of November. In the first days of the 11th month of 2020, two monumental things happen for the HIV community in our state. On Nov. 1, open enrollment begins, and over the subsequent 45 days, anyone can purchase health insurance through the marketplace.

Carey to Step Down as ED at Task Force

Beyond the Carolinas

After serving the National LGBTQ Task Force for 17 years, 12 of them as executive director, Rea Casey has tendered her resignation and will step down as the organization’s leader, effective at the end of January 2021.

LGBTQ LAW AND PRACTICE IN NORTH CAROLINA

Speakers will address relevant federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies impacting employment, healthcare, education and more. A panel of local attorneys will discuss what is happening in their organizations and share perspectives on how to be effective and educated advocates for clients.

Youth most vulnerable among LGBTQ community for suicide

Beyond the Carolinas

September is Suicide Prevention Month and the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law has compiled research that shows that anti-LGBTQ discrimination and victimization contribute to an increase in the risk of suicidality and that LGBTQ individuals are at disproportionate risk of suicidal ideation, planning and attempts.