CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The North Carolina Democratic Party has yet to implement transgender-inclusive changes to its party’s governing document, but will take a final vote on the measure in February, one year after the changes were first proposed.

The preamble to the state party’s Plan of Organization includes a non-discrimination statement with several enumerated characteristics; sexual orientation was long among them, but gender identity had been omitted.

An amendment to add gender identity to the party’s Plan of Organization preamble was proposed at the State Executive Committee meeting in Charlotte last February. The matter was directed to the party’s Plan of Organization Committee, but a formal written proposal was apparently never properly submitted, so no final vote was taken in June or November last year.

That proposal was finally submitted on Jan. 5. A final vote on the inclusive change is slated for the Democratic Party’s meeting in Raleigh on Feb. 7, according to party Chairman Randy Voller.

Janice Covington Allison, a transgender party activist who is also a candidate for party chair, submitted the proposal.

“It’s taken a few more months that it should have,” Allison said Wednesday. “Unless there’s opposition from the floor, it will go through.”

The proposal will also add gender identity to a secondary non-discrimination statement within the Plan of Organization.

Matt Comer

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

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