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Legislative Watch – Page 37 – QNotes

Anti-gay marriage amendment introduced

Conservative lawmakers joined by Roman Catholic bishops, other anti-gay religious leaders

RALEIGH, N.C. — Conservative lawmakers in North Carolina introduced an anti-LGBT, anti-family state constitutional amendment on marriage today in the state capital. Chiefly sponsored by State Sen. Jim Forrester and Rep. Paul Stam, the “North Carolina Defense of Marriage Amendment” would ban all recognition of same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships or other civil, domestic unions. Roman …

EqualityNC lays plan for legislative session

Group to focus on safe schools bill, prevent anti-gay marriage amendment

CHARLOTTE/RALEIGH — Less than a month after the start of the 2009-2010 biennial legislative session, the statewide LGBT advocacy group EqualityNC is reaching out to local communities as they lay plans for achieving equality this year. In a town hall meeting with LGBT community members in Charlotte, ENC Executive Director Ian Palmquist and Grassroots Coordinator …

What’s ahead in 2009

The LGBT community can probably expect a roller-coaster ride this year. While the economy is in shambles, political figures are focused on saving the nation’s financial system, turning an almost blind eye to social issues. As we pull through what might shape up to be the biggest recession (and, hopefully, not a depression) since the …

Second Stonewall

One gay man's rant on the state of Queer Equality

It’s a national turning point. A figurative call to arms for the queer community. The cross-country response to the passage of California’s Proposition 8 and other anti-gay ballot initiatives is among the greatest and loudest rallying cries for equality ever heard from the LGBT community. Journalist Rex Wockner is calling it “Stonewall 2.0” Others are …

Bullying bill dies with session’s end

Anti-gay marriage amendment defeated for fifth year

RALEIGH — Every other year the N.C. General Assembly holds a short session. This limited legislative session is held to debate and approve the state’s biennial budget, local bills and other important matters. EqualityNC (ENC), the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, spent the entire session, which ended July 18, working on a few key pieces of …

Burying a fossil

Racism and homophobia will forever be Helms' legacy

Gone, but not forgotten. That’s how most North Carolinians are thinking of the late former Sen. Jesse Helms, a segregationist Democrat-turned-Republican who held his seat in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. But where the mainstream media, conservative Republicans and fundamentalist Christians have been busy whitewashing his past and glorifying his memory, LGBT people around …

Anti-bullying bill dies in Senate committee

Anti-gay marriage amendment stalled for fourth year

RALEIGH – After a week of intense news coverage, advocacy and constituent conversations, an anti-bullying bill inclusive of protections for LGBT students has died. The House and Senate adjourned Friday, July 18. Before doing so, Senate leaders sent the School Violence Prevention Act (HB 1366) to committee, a late-breaking move that effectively nixed any chance …

N.C. poll shows overwhelming support for anti-bullying bill

RALEIGH – Results from a recent poll released July 16 show that citizens across North Carolina overwhelmingly support an anti-bullying bill that would protect students, even if that bill includes protections on the basis of sexual orientation. “There is currently a proposal in the General Assembly that specifies the need to protect children from bullying …

Michigan LGBT leader coming to N.C.

Triangle Foundation’s Sean Kosofsky is moving to Raleigh

DETROIT, Mich. — In April of 1997, Sean Kosofsky was a recent graduate of Oakland University with a degree in political science. On the 23rd day of that month, something happened that charted his course for the next 11-and-a-half years. He stood with Lynne Martinez, then a Michigan state representative, and Jeffrey Montgomery, then executive …

Triangle youth party, lobby for change

iNSIDEoUT organizes opportunities for fun and learning

RALEIGH — iNSIDEoUT, an LGBT, queer and straight ally youth organization serving the Triangle area, recently held their annual youth prom and lobby day at the N.C. Legislature. Held the evening of May 17, Queer Prom was described as “an absolute blast” by organizers and was hosted at Calvary United Methodist Church, a supportive and …