Settlement Brings Relief to Transgender North Carolinians While Highlighting the Vital Work Ahead to Protect LGBTQ People Statewide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 23, 2019

Adam Polaski | 610.306.7956 | adam@southernequality.org

Settlement Brings Relief to Transgender North Carolinians While Highlighting the Vital Work Ahead to Protect LGBTQ People Statewide

Today a federal judge approved a settlement in a years-long case against North Carolina House Bill 142. The agreement bars the state of North Carolina from citing HB142 to bar transgender people in NC from using public restrooms and government building restrooms that align with their gender identity. HB142 replaced the insidious House Bill 2, which passed in 2016 to restrict restroom access for transgender North Carolinians and ignited a national discussion about dignity and equality for transgender people.

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Trump Administration’s Rollback of Healthcare Nondiscrimination Protections Will Disproportionately Harm Transgender Southerners

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May 24, 2019

Adam Polaski | 610.306.7956 | adam@southernequality.org

Trump Administration’s Rollback of Healthcare Nondiscrimination Protections Will Disproportionately Harm Transgender Southerners

Rule change greenlights anti-transgender discrimination at a time when transgender Southerners already report hostility and incompetence when seeking care

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a new rule change that removes language explicitly protecting transgender people from discrimination in healthcare programs and activities. Earlier this month, the Administration also granted workers in the health sector the ability to refuse care that may conflict with their religious or moral beliefs, opening the door to further discrimination against LGBTQ people and others.

Ivy Gibson-Hill, Community Health Program Director at the Campaign for Southern Equality, condemned the decision. Gibson-Hill, who uses they/them or ze/hir/hirs pronouns, said:

“At least half a million transgender people call the South home, and every year, far too many struggle to find health care professionals that will competently treat them with dignity and respect. But the brazen disregard for trans people’s health in the Administration’s new rule change underlines this disparity in bold black paint and gives discrimination a blanket thumbs-up. This policy is not just a step in the wrong direction – it’s a hard shove off the map, the latest attempt by this Administration to deny humanity to transgender people.”

“The policy exacerbates the need for trans Southerners to keep doing what we have been doing for years: Find ways to bridge the gap between the care that we need and that which is available right now in our communities. We’ll continue to do that in pursuit of our goal to build a South where transgender people can access their basic human rights – including their right to health care – without leaving their hometowns, no matter where they live.”

Nationally, data suggests that approximately 25 percent of transgender people do not seek health care at all because of a fear of discrimination. It’s part of why the Campaign for Southern Equality maintains Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources and Services, a vetted directory of more than 400 trans-friendly service providers – including primary care doctors, attorneys, counselors, endocrinologists, and more – across 13 Southern states. The guide is available in English and Spanish at www.southernequality.org/TransInTheSouth.

At the beginning of 2019 the Southern LGBTQ Health Initiative, a collaboration between the Campaign for Southern Equality and Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS), released a report that captured trans and nonbinary Southerners’ experiences accessing health care. The groundbreaking report featured conclusions from the Trans Health Focus Group Project, which included the voices of nearly 50 trans and nonbinary people from six Southern states. The report, available here, provides qualitative data on the many roadblocks trans Southerners face when seeking health care.

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Based in Asheville, NC, the Campaign for Southern Equality works for full LGBTQ equality across the South. Our work is rooted in commitments to equity in race, gender and class. http://www.southernequality.org

Spring Fling Concert

P.O. Box 36032

Charlotte, NC 28236

April 16, 2019

Charlotte Pride Band

PRESS RELEASE

Under the artistic direction of John Stanley Ross, the Charlotte Pride Band closes this season with a “Spring Fling” concert. This concert serves “lighter fare” with fun works by George Gershwin (“Porgy and Bess”), Karl King (“Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite”), Joseph Wilcox Jenkins (“American Overture for Band”), Gustav Holst (“First Suite in E-flat”) and Steven Bryant (“Suite Dreams”).

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or online at http://www.charlotteprideband.org/!tickets/. CPB has approximately 50 members drawn from the greater Charlotte’s LGBTQI community and ally supporters.

The band is performing in Rowe Recital Hall (in the Rowe Arts Building) on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Rowe is located at 9119 University Road (adjacent to Robinson Hall and across from Belk Plaza). Enter the campus via the main gate off University City Boulevard. The closest parking decks are Cone (on University Road) and East Deck (on Van Landingham Road). Parking is free.  If coming via the light rail, exit at the UNCC Main Station. It’s approximately a 20 minute walk to Rowe Arts Building. However, you may take the campus bus at no charge. Buses run every 8 minutes. Exit at stop 39 (Robinson Hall). When returning to the station, be sure to take the green route bus.


For more information:

http://www.charlotteprideband.org/

https://www.facebook.com/charlotteprideband/

charlotteprideband@gmail.com

Event URL:
https://www.facebook.com/events/390423211544487/

Don Niehus, CPB Publicity Committee

Dniehus10@gmail.com

(704) 649-8853

U.S. Supreme Court Leaves in Place Lower Court Ruling that Upholds Law Protecting Minors from ‘Conversion Therapy’

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For Immediate Release

April 15, 2019

Adam Polaski | Campaign for Southern Equality | adam@southernequality.org | 610-306-7956

James Michael Nichols | Equality NC | james@equalitync.org | 919-829-0343

U.S. Supreme Court Leaves in Place Lower Court Ruling that Upholds Law Protecting Minors from ‘Conversion Therapy’

Victory for New Jersey’s law banning ‘conversion therapy’ fuels momentum for similar legislation nationwide, including in North Carolina

RALEIGH – Today the United States Supreme Court denied review of a cert. petition in King v. Murphy, a case challenging New Jersey’s law that protects young people from anti-LGBTQ ‘conversion therapy.’ This is the latest indication from the Supreme Court that the U.S. Constitution does not prohibit states from protecting minors from this discredited practice, building on the precedent of a 2017 action, when the justices denied review of a similar petition challenging California’s ‘conversion therapy’ ban.

The development comes in a year that has already seen significant momentum in the movement to protect young people from “conversion therapy,” in which licensed mental health professionals purport to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In recent weeks Massachusetts and Colorado have become states #16 and #17 to outlaw the practice, and last month lawmakers in North Carolina introduced similar legislation for the first time. The NC legislation (HB516/SB426) is supported by Born Perfect NC, a grassroots statewide campaign headed by Equality North Carolina and the Campaign for Southern Equality and backed by clergy, mental health organizations, faith groups, child welfare advocates and civil rights organizations.

“Conversion therapy has been rejected by every leading medical and mental health association, and today the Supreme Court dismissed another challenge to a law prohibiting the practice,” said Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director of Equality NC. “The courts, lawmakers nationwide, and Republicans and Democrats right here in North Carolina overwhelmingly agree that we must protect our children from ‘conversion therapy.’”

“Proponents of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ are claiming their freedom of speech allows licensed medical providers free rein to subject minors to the discredited practice of conversion therapy. Court after court is rejecting that argument, and today the Supreme Court chose not to review those rulings,” said Allison Scott, Director of Policy and Programs for the Campaign for Southern Equality. “Many other states have recognized that it is their duty to pass life-saving legislation to protect youth, and now it’s time for North Carolina to do the same.”

February 2019 polling in North Carolina shows bipartisan, supermajority support for legislation protecting young people from ‘conversion therapy,’ with 80% of North Carolinians in favor of legislation like HB516/SB426.

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Equality NC is dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians. www.equalitync.org

Based in Asheville, NC, the Campaign for Southern Equality works for full LGBTQ equality across the South. Our work is rooted in commitments to equity in race, gender and class. www.southernequality.org

Born Perfect NC is the campaign to protect young people across North Carolina from “conversion therapy” and send the message that LGBTQ youth should feel safe, supported, and affirmed. www.bornperfectnc.org