Justin Clapp, more commonly known as J. Clapp, is the interim executive director at the LGBTQ Center of Durham in North Carolina. Clapp also holds two other positions: one as a director at Duke University in the university’s Office of Access and Outreach, and the other as founder and chair of Pride: Durham.
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.
With COVID-19 continuing to upend communities, Equality North Carolina, the North Carolina Black Alliance and Disability Rights North Carolina have launched a voter safety protection campaign called Safe Voter NC to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for 250,000 North Carolinians from marginalized communities as they head to the polls.
Despite roughly 50,000 positive COVID-19 cases in the Charlotte region, area health departments have only successfully tracked the origins of widespread COVID-19 infections a handful of times since March. Those examples, while rare, are proof it is possible to pinpoint exactly where and how people are getting infected, but it takes the public’s cooperation.