CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Employees at the forthcoming merged YMCA of the Triangle (YOTA) and Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA (CMCYMCA) will have access to employee and family health benefits regardless of sexual orientation, reports writer and former qnotes columnist Brett Webb-Mitchell.

Webb-Mitchell shares the news in a column yesterday for Chapel Hill News, writing:

On June 3, at an open meeting discussing the upcoming merger of CHCYMCA and YOTA, YOTA CEO Doug McMillan shared the good news that both LGBTQ eligible employees and their families will receive the same benefits non-LGBTQ employees and families currently receive. The winners in this new arrangement were not only the LGBTQ eligible employees and their families at CHCYMCA and YOTA’s other branches, but also an opportunity to embody one of the four cardinal virtues of YMCA: Respect for one and all.

The issue of employee and family health benefits has been an ongoing concern since the two YMCAs began merger discussions in 2011 (“Protections top concern in merger,” July 9, 2011).

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