‘We don’t want to leave’: If Obergefell is overturned, LGBTQ people in the South will bear the brunt

This story was originally published by The 19th. Justine and TJ Price-O’Neil traveled hundreds of miles north to marry in 2010. But their home state of North Carolina did not legally recognize their marriage until 2014. Only then did all the unbearably delicate threads that had held their family together finally become strong enough to…

Fake news and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment targets NC education

Misinformation and disinformation are fueling threats against our communities, particularly as right-wing extremists use false narratives to push for harmful legislation. From language like indoctrination to groomers, the LGBTQ+ community is being targeted with rhetoric and slurs that we haven’t heard in almost 50 years since the days of Anita Bryant.  In this scenario where…

US declares end to monkeypox emergency

On January 31, the U.S. government quietly declared that the monkeypox emergency is over. The official monkeypox public health emergency (now alternately  referred to as mpox ), was declared in August 2022 and renewed once in November. The first cases of the disease were reported in May of last year. “From the outset of the…

Nikki Haley says she’ll officially announce a presidential bid in February

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has confirmed that she will officially announce her plans to run for the Republican nomination for president. That’s expected to take place in Charleston, South Carolina, February 15. In April of 2016 when questioned about the possibility of South Carolina passing a bill to block restroom access for transgender…

North Carolina is one of the lowest rated states in the country for LGBTQ equality

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their Ninth annual State Equality Index (SEI). The SEI is a comprehensive state-by-state report that provides a review of statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ+ people and their families. North Carolina falls into the category, “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality.” States…

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