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.
WATCH: Protestors Rally as N.C. Women Seek Marriage License

WATCH: Protesters Rally as Women Seek Marriage License

Keisha Hollifield and her partner, Dericka, were turned down for a license in North Carolina's McDowell County, but were glad to make a point about marriage equality.

Clay Aiken's Democratic Rival Unexpectedly Dies

The former American Idol star will now go on to face GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers in the fall

WATCH: New N.C. Official Ready to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

N.C. Official Ready to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

A former mayor of Carrboro is ready to stand on the right side of history if he's elected to serve as the Register of Deeds in Orange County, North Carolina.

Clay Aiken Race Still Too Close to Call

Clay Aiken Race Still Too Close to Call

The out candidate is ahead by fewer than 400 votes in his congressional primary.

N.C.: Anti-Marriage Equality Pol Was Once Drag Performer

N.C.: Anti-Marriage Equality Pol Was Once Drag Performer

Former drag performer Steve Wiles campaigned for North Carolina's anti-marriage equality amendment in 2012, and now he's running for State Senate.

Elderly N.C. Couples With Severe Medical Issues Demand Marriage Rights

Elderly N.C. Couples Demand Marriage Rights

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

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

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

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

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

Two N.C. Trans Women Win Name Change Cases

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

Charlotte Mayor Helps Fired Gay Grocery Clerk

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

N.C. Gay Couples Register Marriages With State

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.

N.C. Teen Makes History As Homecoming King

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

Trans Teen in Charlotte Runs for Homecoming King

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.

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