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Updates from Equality NC

In North Carolina, the organization working for gay rights at the grassroots level is Equality NC. I wanted to post the latest news from the organization, so House Blenders can see what’s going on in my part of the Red State woods…

1. Davidson County Commissioners reject anti-gay resolution

Last week the County Commissioners in conservative Davidson County voted 4-3 in opposition to a resolution calling on the North Carolina General Assembly to approve an anti-gay, anti-marriage constitutional amendment. The Board’s only Democrat was joined by three Republicans, including the Chairman Don Truell, in opposing the measure.

Equality NC applauds the efforts of our members Donnel Griffin and Lori Mancuso for their leadership, and thanks all of the LGBT and allied citizens who stood up against this divisive proposal.

2. Catawba County Dept. of Social Services to allow LGBT foster parents

Equality NC applauds the Catawba County Department of Social Services for changing their policy to make sure that the needs of children can be met by loving families, regardless of sexual orientation. The department announced last week that it will no longer discriminate against unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, who are otherwise eligible to serve as foster parents. We recognize the outstanding efforts of local organizers in securing this victory.

You can show your support by voting in the Hickory Daily Record’s online poll on this issue: http://www.hickoryrecord.com

3. Join Equality NC at Charlotte Pride May 7, 11 AM-6 PM

Stop by and visit Equality NC at our table at the Charlotte Pride Festival Saturday in Marshall Park. We’ll be spreading the word about our work and getting pride participants to send an important postcard to their legislators. For more info, visit www.charlottepride.org

4. Workplace Equality Community Forum in Durham May 18, 7 PM

Lambda Legal in collaboration with Equality North Carolina is presenting a community forum on LGBT workplace equality in Durham, NC.

Too often across the country workers are fired or harassed just for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or HIV positive. Learn what you can do to fight for your rights and help others in their time of need. You can help make the difference at the local, state, and national levels. Please join us on Wednesday May 18, 2005 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (4907 Garrett Rd., Durham).

Special guests include:

Hector Vargas, Lambda Legal Southern Regional Director Ian Palmquist, Equality North Carolina Executive Director-Programs A current Lambda Legal client who will share their story

This event is free and open to the public. Please help us spread the word.

Community Partners for this event are PFLAG Triangle, NC Gay and Lesbian Attorneys, and the HRC NC Steering Committee.

5. Charlotte Fundraising Reception with NC’s “Unambiguously Gay Duo” May 20, 6:00-8:00 PM

Join Special Guests Mayor Mike Nelson of Carrboro and Councilman Mark Kleinschmidt of Chapel Hill, whom Al Franken has dubbed NC’s “unambiguously gay duo,” for a reception to benefit Equality NC at the home of Ken Wittenauer and Russ Leciejewski in Uptown Charlotte.

Tickets are $50. Sponsorships available. Purchase tickets online at www.equalitync.org

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