Bill to delay NC primaries further sharply divides parties

Politicians are maneuvering, the courts are set to deliberate, and voters are continuing to wait for finalized political maps and a date for the North Carolina 2022 primary elections.  On Wednesday, Republicans passed a bill on party-line votes in the House and Senate to again delay the primary elections, this time until June. This comes in the context…

The New Year Is Finally Here

The new year is finally here. We are headed into the third year of a devastating pandemic in a nation that seems more divided than ever. Continuing our work towards a thriving, liberated North Carolina with a powerful LGBTQ+ community united in service of racial and social justice remains our top priority. We’ve made progress,…

NC Voters Want to Disqualify Madison Cawthorn

A group of North Carolina voters have filed a legal challenge against U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn’s 2022 candidacy. The challenge, filed before the North Carolina State Board of Elections, alleges that Cawthorn is constitutionally disqualified from public office under Section Three of  the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution based on reasonable suspicion that he…

Out American Idol singer Clay Aiken announces second bid for Congress

Out singer and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken has announced he will run for Congress again. It will be the second time the North Carolina native has sought a seat in the House of Representatives. The Durham-area district will not have an incumbent legislator in the race. Whoever wins the primary is expected to…

Year in review: Five stories charting challenges and progress for NC’s LGBTQ community

Last December, a three-year state ban blocking new, local non-discrimination ordinances expired. The ban was a legacy of the brutal fight over House Bill 2, the controversial law that excluded lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from statewide nondiscrimination protections. Though a 2017 law (House Bill 142) partially repealed HB 2, it locked in place a…

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