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Help Us Defend Our LGBTQ Rights

Help Us Defend Our
LGBTQ Rights

Equality North Carolina is the oldest statewide organization in the country dedicated to securing rights and protections for the LGBTQ community. We’re invested in ensuring that every North Carolinian can see themselves in this movement and helping create a safer, more equitable world for all marginalized folks. Together we can build a better North Carolina.

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#NCIsReady

#NCIsReady

With the sunset of HB142, NC is ready for nondiscrimination protections. We've launched a new digital portal with Campaign For Southern Equality to help connect you with your local elected officials and easily voice your support!
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Find A Regional Chapter Group

Find A Regional Chapter Group

ENC has five regional chapter groups spread out across the state. We meet once a month and would love to have you get involved at the local level.

Vision

We envision a thriving, liberated North Carolina with a powerful LGBTQ+ community united in service of racial and social justice.

Mission

Equality North Carolina builds LGBTQ+ power through advocacy, education, and uplifting the stories of queer and trans North Carolinians in pursuit of racial and social justice.

Values

  • We hold people at the center of all that we do: we see, hear, respect, and value each other.
  • We honor and build power on the margins until the margins are the center.
  • We know all oppression is interconnected. None of us are free until all of us are free.
  • We work strategically and sustainably: our work holds the realities of the need for both long- and short-term progress.
  • Y’all means all. We believe in the inherent dignity and worth of all, including people who are LGBTQ+, Black, Brown, Indigenous, Workers, Women, Resource Poor, Incarcerated, Immigrants, Undocumented, Rural.

  • Why Support
    Equality NC

    The long-term goal of Equality NC is to enact statewide nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity & expression in housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, insurance, and education without exemptions that treat LGBTQ people differently from other protected groups. We provide training and education to individuals, institutions, businesses and the government on how to provide diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments. Additionally, we work to mobilize our communities and partners to advocate and take action against discriminatory practices. ENC achieves these goals through the core strategies of Advocacy, Training and Education, Leadership Development, and Base-building.

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    Recent News

    LGBTQ North Carolinians eligible for domestic violence protections following court ruling

    LGBTQ North Carolinians eligible for domestic violence protections following court ruling

    "I'm glad the court is expanding protections from domestic violence to all couples, but this type of discrimination shouldn't have happened in the first place."

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    Wedding Venue Refused a Lesbian Couple, Citing Its 'Christian Values'

    Wedding Venue Refused a Lesbian Couple, Citing Its 'Christian Values'

    North Carolina does not currently have any protections for discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.

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    A day to celebrate all parents, including LGBTQ parents, in NC

    A day to celebrate all parents, including LGBTQ parents, in NC

    “There is no one set way to define a family, nor is there is any one specific way to define parenthood."

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