North Carolina
News from within the borders of North Carolina and the fight for LGBT equality there. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in North Carolina, including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. Learn about individuals—activists, politicians, and allies—who have helped us make strides toward equality. We also cover the campaigns of groups opposed to marriage equality and explore how gay marriage is covered in mainstream media. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.
Trans Teen Activist, Former Homecoming King, Dies in Charlotte, N.C.

Trans Teen Activist, Former Homecoming King, Dies in Charlotte

Blake Brockington, 18, died by suicide after inspiring trans youth locally and nationally with his work to combat transphobia, racism, and police brutality.

Angry Activists Confront Trans Teen in Charlotte Bathroom, As Nondiscrimination Ordinance Fails

Angry Activists Confront Trans Teen in Charlotte Bathroom

Tensions flared in Charlotte, N.C. Monday, as nearly 120 citizens gave passionate speeches for and against an ultimately stymied LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance.

Op-ed: Are You a Public Servant? Then Serve the Public

Op-ed: Are You a Public Servant? Then Serve the Public

Why 'religious liberty' laws protecting public employees from accommodating LGBT people are truly problematic.

North Carolina Senators Vote to Give Clerks 'Right to Discriminate'

N.C. Senators Vote to Give Clerks 'Right to Discriminate'

The North Carolina Senate just passed a bill that would allow registrars and magistrates to refuse to marry same-sex couples on the basis of 'sincerely held religious beliefs.'

North Carolina Lawmakers' First Priority: License to Discriminate

North Carolina's First Priority: License to Discriminate

The legislative session of 2015 is barely under way, but lawmakers in North Carolina are already looking for ways to sidestep marriage equality.

North Carolina Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher Who Announced Engagement

N.C. Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher Who Announced Engagement

After announcing his engagement on Facebook, a gay man is barred from being a substitute teacher at a Catholic High School in Charlotte.

N.C. Church Members Charged With Beating Gay Man to Banish 'Demons'

N.C. Church Members Charged With Beating Gay Man to Banish 'Demons'

Five members of the Word of Faith Fellowship face kidnapping and assault charges.

N.C. Judges Continue Resigning to Avoid Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

N.C. Judges Continue Resigning to Avoid Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

Due to religious beliefs, magistrates in North Carolina continue resigning from their offices.

WATCH: NOM Ad Says N.C. Marriage Equality Is All Sen. Kay Hagan's Fault

WATCH: Why NOM Is Airing an Attack Ad in Senate Race

The ad denounces Hagan for voting to confirm the judge who brought marriage equality to the state — but all other senators present voted the same way.

N.C. Senate Leader Seeks to Let County Officials Opt Out of Same-Sex Marriages

Officials Who Refuse to Marry Gay Couples Want Legal Protection

Phil Berger, a Republican state Senator, plans to introduce legislation to allow officials to refuse to handle same-sex marriages if they have religious objections.

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