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LGBTQ Rights Advance In Raleigh N.C.

By Charlotte Robinson, October 24, 2021

Good news out of Raleigh the second largest city in North Carolina. The City Council unanimously passed an LGBTQ inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. Now all 5 of NC's largest cities as well as 10 other jurisdictions have passed protections for LGBTQ people from discrimination. Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to pass the nondiscrimination ordinance that protects residents & visitors from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, natural hairstyle & other characteristics in employment & public accommodations. The unanimous vote makes Raleigh the 15th jurisdiction in North Carolina to advance a comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance in 2021. What a difference a few years makes. Now all 5 of North Carolina’s top cities have now passed LGBTQ inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances including Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham & Winston-Salem. Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director of Equality NC stated, "We're so pleased to see Raleigh take this historic step to expand nondiscrimination. Nearly 30 percent of the state's population is now covered by LGBTQ inclusive ordinances & this represents a great change for the city of Raleigh & the state of North Carolina. Raleigh has taken a big step forward to protect LGBTQ people, especially for folks with multiple layers of marginalization & this only grows momentum for the non-discrimination on the local, state & federal level." Jonathan Melton, of the Raleigh City Council concluded, "I'm proud to see the Raleigh City Council come together to take action & ensure our city is a place where all people feel protected, respected & safe. As an LGBTQ person myself, it's so meaningful to know that my city is striving for inclusivity & dignity for everyone & as an out elected official I'm grateful to work with colleagues committed to doing the right thing." For More Info…

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