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Equality Act an opportunity for moral clarity
Charlotte Observer • June 9, 2021, 10:18 am
Thirty years ago on a warm summer evening at Livingstone College in Salisbury, a student came to my office and told me that he was planning to end his life. I had counseled many students in my time as campus minister for Livingstone – a historically Black college affiliated with the AME Zion denomination – but this conversation was different. The young man before me was struggling deeply with what he felt was a conflict between his sexual orientation and his faith. The discrimination and condemnation he had experienced meant that he couldn’t see a place for himself in the world anymore. As I listened to his story, it struck me that my response could mean the difference between this bright young student living or dying. What he needed was acceptance.
Euphoria Star Hunter Schafer’s Dad Mac on Why His Faith Calls Him to Support Trans Equality
PEOPLE • May 25, 2021, 3:57 pm
The Reverend Dr. Mac Schafer is a pastor in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has served in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for 28 years. He has his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In this op-ed for PEOPLE, the reverend opens up about supporting his daughter Hunter Schafer, a model and LGTBQ activist who stars in HBO's critically acclaimed hit Euphoria alongside Zendaya — and showing up for the LGBTQ community.
NC Faith Leader Calls On Tillis, Burr to Back Equality Bill: ‘Love Thy Neighbor … Means Every Neighbor’
Cardinal & Pine • May 25, 2021, 10:14 am
If we listen to some special interest groups and politicians, we might think there’s a deep divide among people of faith about how to relate to the LGBTQ community. But when we look closely at faith communities and listen to the people living their faith, we see the truth of their support for the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people.
Equality is for all God’s children: Black, brown, white, straight and LGBTQ
The Hill • May 18, 2021, 3:47 pm
In his first joint address to Congress, President Biden said young transgender people are “so brave” and urged lawmakers to pass the Equality Act, which would expand federal civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in virtually all areas of American life. The president’s request for federal legislation comes as state legislatures around the country have passed anti-LGBTQ laws targeting transgender youth, including bills that ban best-practice medical care and restrict participation in school sports. Biden is right: we need immediate federal action to guarantee equal protection under the law for transgender youth.
Open the Door to LGBTQ Equality in North Carolina
Queen City Nerve • April 28, 2021, 1:26 pm
This spring marks five years since North Carolina sprang into the national spotlight because of a statewide conversation about LGBTQ equality — more specifically, about dignity and respect for transgender people.
Why North Carolina’s Anti-Trans Policies Made Me Fear for My Life
Cardinal and Pine • April 21, 2021, 1:24 pm
A transgender 10th grader from western North Carolina tells us what it’s like to live in a state with a hostile GOP-controlled state Legislature.
NC Mayor: Burr, Tillis Need to Stand Up and Protect NC’s LGBTQ Residents
Cardinal and Pine • March 30, 2021, 1:13 pm
This mayor explains why her town passed protections for LGBTQ people, and why more protections are needed.
W-S city council must protect LGBTQ+ North Carolinians like me from discrimination
Triad City Beat • March 5, 2021, 12:40 pm
Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated so many families, kept loved ones separated and thrown an exhausting damper on any semblance of a social life, my fiancé Brianna and I decided to cheer ourselves up by diving into something that was supposed to be light and fun: wedding planning. But within a few days of searching for venues near our hometown of Winston-Salem, we discovered that this dreadful period had additional challenges in store.
News & Record • March 4, 2021, 12:43 pm
As a lifelong North Carolinian and state representative of House District 57, I’m proud that the Greensboro City Council passed an LGBTQ nondiscrimination policy last month. Since a statewide ban on local protections expired in December 2020, a number of municipalities have recognized the importance of ensuring that no one faces discrimination because of who they are or who they love.
N.C. Cities and the U.S. Congress Should Follow Durham’s Lead on LGBTQ Protections
Indy Week • March 3, 2021, 12:38 pm
My wife Ann and I have experienced so much together here in North Carolina, the state that we love and have called home for more than three decades. After moving here to pursue graduate degrees at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, we graduated, started new jobs, and purchased a house together.
Congress and other N.C. cities should follow in Greensboro’s footsteps on LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections
News & Record • February 28, 2021, 12:36 pm
This year I have been prouder than ever to be a North Carolinian as I’ve watched local leaders across the state taking action to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. A few weeks ago, the Greensboro City Council passed an inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance, days after five other municipalities took similar steps.
Viewpoints: Lawmakers Should Follow Orange County Leadership on LGBTQ Nondiscrimination
Chapel Boro • February 6, 2021, 12:09 pm
As an out gay teacher in Carrboro, North Carolina, I was thrilled to see our Town Council come together to pass an ordinance protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people from discrimination in key areas of life, including employment and public spaces.
Its time for Charlotte to protect the LGBTQ community
Charlotte Observer • January 31, 2021, 12:13 pm
With a new year upon us, we have the opportunity to make Charlotte – and all of North Carolina – a more welcoming, inclusive, and safe place for all.
We All Need Protection from Discrimination: It’s Time for Congress to Act
qnotes • January 8, 2021, 11:36 am
I was born and raised in the South. Like many, I grew up in the church with a mother who instilled both faith and love in me from a young age. But I was also taught values that would eventually cause me great distress as they were at odds with what I knew about love.
2020 rulings bring renewed hope for health care equality
Charlotte Observer • December 22, 2020, 2:06 pm
When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in June affirming that federal law prohibiting discrimination based on sex also protects LGBTQ Americans from workplace discrimination, I knew the decision was monumental. But I didn’t fully realize how much of an impact it would have on other areas of daily life.