North Carolina Organizations Tell Congress to Pass Equality Act

 

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Dear Senators,

As a broad and diverse coalition of organizations in North Carolina that believe no one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love, we unite to express strong support for the Equality Act, federal legislation that would protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in every area of life.

Because of a lack of statewide protections and critical gaps in federal laws, the estimated 382,000 North Carolina residents who identify as LGBTQ remain vulnerable to discrimination, including in healthcare, housing, public spaces, and federal funded programs and services.

We are still dealing with the consequences of passing HB2, the first-of-its-kind anti-transgender law forced through the legislature in 2016. And while we have come a long way since then – with many communities (including Durham, Asheville, and Greensboro) passing municipal-level nondiscrimination ordinances, all Tar Heels continue to grapple with a patchwork of protections that can only be resolved by a federal law.

Everyone in North Carolina should be able to contribute to their communities and live their lives without fear of discrimination. That’s what a majority of Americans believe – including 76% overall and 62% of Republicans – and it’s what a majority of North Carolinians believe, too: 67% of residents in the state say they support federal nondiscrimination protections.

It’s time: Our U.S. Senators and all fair-minded North Carolinians must come together to publicly support and pass the Equality Act, which will make North Carolina and every state a fair, safe place for all LGBTQ people.

Signed,

AllianceQ – Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance, Winston-Salem
AMEXCAN, Greenville
Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc., Asheville
The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County, Brevard
Campaign for Southern Equality, Asheville
Carolina Jews for Justice, Durham
Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte
Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill
Democracy North Carolina, Morrisville
Down Home NC, Greensboro
El Pueblo, Coats
Equality North Carolina, Charlotte
Fayetteville Police Accountability Community Taskforce, Fayetteville
Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center, Greensboro
Honeybee Therapy PLLC, Leland
Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte
LGBT Center of Raleigh, Raleigh
LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast, Wilmington
MyHealthEd, Inc., Chapel Hill
National Association of Social Workers North Carolina,
NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, Raleigh
NC Black Alliance, Raleigh
NC Coalition to End Homelessness, Raleigh
North Carolina AIDS Action Network, Charlotte
North Carolina Council of Churches, Raleigh
North Star LGBTQ Center of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem
Onslow County LGBTQ community center, Jacksonville
Parkway United Church of Christ, Winston Salem
PFLAG Asheville Chapter Inc, Arden
PFLAG Charlotte, Charlotte
PFLAG Concord-Kannapolis, Concord
PFLAG Fayetteville, Fayetteville
PFLAG Greensboro, Greensboro, Guilford
PFLAG Hendersonville, Hendersonville
PFLAG Lexington, Thomasville
PFLAG Rocky Mount, Rocky Mount
PFLAG Triangle, Durham
The Racial Justice Coalition, Asheville
Salisbury Rowan PFLAG, Salisbury
SHIFTNC, Durham
St. John’s MCC, Raleigh
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte
A Sustainable Design of the Americas. LLC, Raleigh
TIME OUT YOUTH, Charlotte
Western North Carolina AIDS Project, Asheville
Women AdvaNCe, Wilmington
Youth OUTright, Asheville