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.
Elderly N.C. Couples With Severe Medical Issues Demand Marriage Rights
April 11 2014 2:38 PM ET

Elderly N.C. Couples Demand Marriage Rights

Michelle Garcia

Three couples with pressing medical issues appeal to courts to recognize their marriages before it is too late.

WATCH: Trans Student Questioned Over Bathroom Use at N.C. College Lays Out Her Demands
April 08 2014 4:06 PM ET

WATCH: N.C. Trans Student Questioned Over Bathroom Use Responds

Parker Marie Molloy

After being mocked by security guards, escorted off campus, and suspended, a North Carolina trans woman asks for an apology, policy changes, and sensitivity training.

WATCH: N.C. College Security Confronts Trans Student Over Bathroom Usage
April 02 2014 2:10 PM ET

WATCH: N.C. College Security Confronts Trans Student Over Bathroom Usage

Parker Marie Molloy

A 22-year-old transgender college student was removed from her North Carolina campus after being confronted by a security guard outside a women's restroom.

Two North Carolina Trans Women Win Name Change Cases
February 21 2014 6:23 PM ET

Two N.C. Trans Women Win Name Change Cases

Parker Marie Molloy

An 1891 law had been used to prevent two North Carolina trans women from legally changing their names. Today, a court order legally recognized these women for who they are.

Charlotte Mayor Helps Fired Gay Grocery Clerk
February 19 2014 2:25 PM ET

Charlotte Mayor Helps Fired Gay Grocery Clerk

Sunnivie Brydum

After a verbal altercation with North Carolina's Republican governor that cost him his job, Drew Swope received some needed support from the Charlotte's Democratic mayor.

N.C. Gay Couples Register Marriages With State
February 15 2014 1:43 PM ET

N.C. Gay Couples Register Marriages With State

Michelle Garcia

Two couples shared a symbolic gesture toward marriage equality in their home states.

Teen Becomes First Out Trans Student Named Homecoming King in N.C.
February 10 2014 2:57 PM ET

N.C. Teen Makes History As Homecoming King

Parker Marie Molloy

Blake Brockington was named homecoming king at his North Carolina high school, marking the first time an out trans student had received the honor anywhere in the state.

Trans Teen in Charlotte Runs for Homecoming King
February 07 2014 2:25 PM ET

Trans Teen in Charlotte Runs for Homecoming King

Parker Marie Molloy

Blake Brockington has spent the better part of two years winning over the respect of students, faculty, and administrators at his school. Now, he looks to cap his high school tenure by running for homecoming king.

WATCH: Clay Aiken Is Officially Running for Congress
February 05 2014 12:49 PM ET

WATCH: Clay Aiken Is Officially Running for Congress

Matthew Breen

One of the most well-known American Idol contestants announced his candidacy for Congress in a new video.

Fort Bragg Army Base Hosts First Same-Sex Union
December 23 2013 5:45 PM ET

Fort Bragg Army Base Hosts First Same-Sex Union

Trudy Ring

The historic ceremony was not technically a marriage, banned by the state of North Carolina, but a religious celebration for a couple legally married in D.C. a few months ago.

Couples Seek Marriage Recognition in North Carolina
October 23 2013 6:58 PM ET

Couples Seek Marriage Recognition in North Carolina

Trudy Ring

As part of the We Do campaign, same-sex couples married in other states are registering their licenses with county officials, while unmarried couples apply for licenses.

WATCH: Asheville, N.C. Register Accepts Marriage Applications from 10 Same-Sex Couples
October 17 2013 12:11 PM ET

WATCH: Same-Sex Marriage Applications Accepted in N.C.

Sunnivie Brydum

Despite a 2012 amendment that prohibits marriage equality, the register of deeds in Buncombe County, North Carolina, accepted marriage applications from ten same-sex couples on Tuesday.

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