RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization is welcoming a new staff member. Rebecca Mann, pictured right, is joining Equality North Carolina as the group’s first full-time Community Organizer. As a part of her duties, Mann will work with communities across the state to build support for progressive legislation that includes protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender-identity.

“Rebecca brings great community organizing experience and an impressive statewide network that will allow her to hit the ground running,” said ENC Executive Director Ian Palmquist. “We can’t win full equality for LGBT North Carolinians without a strong grassroots base working in cities and small towns statewide to change attitudes and win real victories.”

Mann will work from her home in High Point, N.C. and be based at the organization’s Raleigh offices. Frequently, she’ll be on the road working with local activists and volunteers.

Mann is a lifelong North Carolinian and holds a BA in English, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, from North Carolina State University and a MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Her past employment and experience includes advocacy and organizing work with the YWCA of High Point and Planned Parenthood Health Systems. Mann serves on the boards of North Carolina Women United, the Guilford Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and the North Carolina board of the National Organization for Women.

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Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.