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.

A candidate for mayor of Kings Mountain, N.C., cites Kim Davis and asks "What's wrong with eradicating homosexuals?"

September 18 2015 8:51 AM

One North Carolina county has found itself in a sticky situation after all four magistrates opted to stop performing marriages.

September 11 2015 12:40 PM

At a forum on LGBT issues, most candidates expressed support for an inclusive civil rights ordinance, after one failed in March.

August 12 2015 8:47 PM

With just a few emails, a local trans activist in this North Carolina city was able to get clarity — and equality — from major sports venues.

July 23 2015 7:20 PM

Some raised questions as to whether the lifeguard would only rescue gay people, and another posted her complaint to Facebook.

July 13 2015 2:58 PM

Police in Charlotte arrested a North Carolina man after patrons of a gay bar say he caused a ruckus about the Supreme Court decision.

June 28 2015 10:25 PM Updated

Eight years ago, former Advocate editor in chief Bruce C. Steele moved from California to North Carolina. His adopted home still struggles with equality, but he's adjusted to life among the "mushy middle."

June 19 2015 4:00 AM

A teacher and his assistant principal felt they could no longer count on administrators to support them after outraged parents objected to the reading of King & King.

June 16 2015 7:56 PM

The legislature passes the discriminatory SB2 over the veto of the state's Republican governor.

June 11 2015 1:03 PM