RALEIGH, N.C. — Statewide LGBT education and advocacy group Equality North Carolina is among five organizations and individuals being honored next week by the North Carolina Justice Center at its Defenders of Justice Awards.

Equality North Carolina will be honored for its policy research and advocacy efforts during the anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment campaign in 2012.

The North Carolina Justice Center says the group stood “tall and strong in the face of a tragic display of bigotry to build a statewide advocacy movement, bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to stand up for the rights of LGBT people.”

The event will also honor North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, Phil Lehman from the North Carolina Attorney General’s office, the Mortgage Foreclosure Unit of Legal AIDS of NC and the Philip Randolph Institute.

The event will be held Thursday, May 9, 6-9 p.m. at the Carolina Club at the Watts Hill Alumni Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

For more information, visit ncjustice.org.

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