NC Bar Association embraces homophobia

Nothing disappoints like the cowardice of fair-weather friends. In 2021, the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) – the premier professional organization for the state’s lawyers – touted its queer-friendly bona fides when then-President John Heyl announced the formation of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Committee, which pledged to work “to secure full equality…

Maintaining Hope

This legislative session has been difficult.  So far in 2023, there have been 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills in state legislatures nationwide, up from 400 in the 2021-2022 session. This is an extreme increase from the previous record of over 100 such bills in 2015. This year, Equality North Carolina tracked 13 specifically anti-LGBTQ+ bills, in addition…

What’s the Matter with Tricia?

Most of us are in shock at Tricia Cotham’s sudden decision to switch her political affiliation from Democratic to Republican. Just like Debbie Reynolds’ Adelle character was in the 1970s shock schlock flic “What’s the Matter with Helen?’ when she discovered the title character of Helen (played by Shelley Winters), was never who we thought…

Far-right extremism is a threat to queer and trans lives

In North Carolina and beyond, the LGBTQ+ community is facing unprecedented legislative attacks. Across the nation, lawmakers are introducing bills that ban life-saving medical care for trans people, restrict or ban drag performances, and erase LGBTQ+ identities from school curriculum. The ACLU is already tracking over 400 anti-LGBTQ+ bills this session. But the threats facing…


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