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.
Charlotte Council, Mayoral Candidates Back LGBT Rights

Charlotte Council, Mayoral Candidates Back LGBT Rights

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

Charlotte, North Carolina Sports Venues Clarify Transgender Policy for Public Bathrooms

Charlotte Clarifies Transgender Policy for Public Bathrooms

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.

N.C. Lifeguard's Rainbow Flag Makes Waves Among Beachgoers

WATCH: Lifeguard in Hot Water After Rainbow Flag Flap 

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

Man Angry About Marriage Equality Decision Arrested For Assaulting LGBT Bar Owner
June 28 2015 10:35 PM ET

Anger Over SCOTUS Decision Lands N.C. Man In Jail

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

Op-ed: Living the (Gay) Life in North Carolina

Op-ed: Living the (Gay) Life in North Carolina

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."

Teacher and Assistant Principal Resign After Parent Outrage Over Gay Fairy Tale

Sad, Scary Ending After Teacher Reads Gay Fairy Tale to Class

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.

N.C. Officials Can Now Refuse Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

N.C. Magistrates Now Can Say No to Same-Sex Couples 

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

WATCH: North Carolina Set to Give Clerks 'License to Discriminate'

WATCH: N.C. Set to Give Clerks 'License to Discriminate' 

Despite the Governor's veto, North Carolina lawmakers continue to advance a bill that would let judges and clerks refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

North Carolina Governor's Veto of Antigay 'Religious Objections' Law May Not Hold Up

N.C. Lawmakers May Override Veto, Pass 'Right to Discriminate'

The state Senate votes to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of the bill, which would let public employees opt out of marriage duties; the House will likely vote this week.

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