We’re fast approaching April. Spring is fresh upon us, and with the weather increasingly warming up, so will the local political scene. In the fall — September to be exact — voters in Charlotte will head out for their first opportunity to choose possible new leaders for City Council, among other offices.
Charlotte is a beautiful place to live, to work, to raise a family and to pursue opportunities in education and business. But, for some, discrimination and prejudice stand in the way of full opportunity.
In the past year or two, it seems to me I’ve written and read more about transgender people and the issues still at the heart of their experiences than ever before. This increasing rate of discussion, debate, examination, awareness and activism can be properly credited to the brave people who are stepping out, standing up and speaking with fortitude.
Democrats in North Carolina had a much-needed conversation on diversity and inclusion recently — specifically surrounding transgender and LGB people and the necessity of education, the importance of allyship and what exactly it means to be an ally. It’s a conversation that’s ongoing, and rightly needs to continue.
The North Carolina General Assembly opened for its new year of business on Jan. 14. With the opening of its new session comes a new opportunity to make progress on further LGBT equality initiatives.
If 2014 was the year for marriage equality, what will be in store for 2015? More marriage news, no doubt. We’re still a bit of aways off from full marriage equality in all 50 states, so expect to see more advancements, and even a slight setback or two, as we continue our forward momentum on this particular issue.
I was wrong. Dead wrong. Even when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Virginia’s anti-LGBT marriage ban, I continued to be wrong.
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