Union County Pride holds diversity and disability conference

Union County Pride will present ‘Intersectional Dynamic Pride: Diversity and Disability Conference 2023’ in the Charlotte Metro area town of Monroe June 15 and 16. Presentations will take place on both days, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m. The goal of the event is to educate attendees about various ways to raise,…

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…

NC Governor Cooper issues emergency call to action to protect public schools from extremist Republican legislation

During a public announcement held May 23, Governor Roy Cooper declared that public education in North Carolina is facing a state of emergency. In his address, the Governor outlined extreme legislation in the NC General Assembly that would cripple the state’s public education system and urged North Carolinians to contact their legislators. “It’s clear that…


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