Reasons to be thankful… and hopeful

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In this season of Thanksgiving and Hope, we have much to be thankful for and even though at times things seem bleak, there are many reasons to have hope for our future in North Carolina and in our Country.

It is true that we certainly had many disappointments and setbacks in 2017, but as Democrats and fighters for justice and equality, let’s not waste energy re-visiting the setbacks, but rather focus on our victories and our opportunities in 2018 and beyond.

In North Carolina in 2017, Roy Cooper was sworn in as our Governor, Josh Stein as our Attorney General, Judge Mike Morgan our NC Supreme Court Justice, Elaine Marshall continued as our Secretary of State and Beth Woods as our NC Auditor.  We gained Democratic seats in the House and Senate, although not enough to sustain Governor Cooper’s veto.  Governor Cooper appointed two open Lesbians to the General Assembly, who were elected at their District levels, Representative Deb Butler (District 18 – Brunswick, New Hanover) and Marcia Morey (District 30 – Durham) and he issued an Executive Order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

In the November 2017 elections, we celebrated Democratic Victories across our state, including the election of a record breaking number of openly LGBTQ Democratic candidates (LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte City Council District 3, Robert Kellogg, Gastonia City Council Ward 1, Jane Campbell, Davidson County City Council, Michelle Kennedy, Greensboro City Council At-Large, Karen Stegman, Chapel Hill Town Council, Tamara Sheffield, Salisbury City Council, Jerry Windle Morrisville City Council District 2 and Lydia Lavelle, re-elected as Mayor of Carrboro) and Allies in municipal races, including Vi Lyles, the first African American Woman to be elected as the Mayor of Charlotte.  Continue reading

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Governor’s Executive Order and Convention Recap

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Hello LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina!

On Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper kept his promise and signed an Executive Order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Read the Executive Order or check out this article from medium.com we shared last week on our Facebook Page. Continue reading

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2017 Convention Announcement

2017 Call to Convention

The 2017 Convention for LGBT Democrats of North Carolina will be held on Saturday, October 14th at the Wadsworth Estate, 400 S Summit Ave, in Charlotte. State Convention is being co-hosted by LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg County whom we thank for their assistance.

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2015 State Convention, Candidate Personal Statements

LGBT Democrats of North Carolina

2015 State Convention

Candidate Personal Statements

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LGBT Democrats Celebrate Victories

Jennifer Roberts

Last night was Election Day in North Carolina and many out LGBT elected leaders were re-elected, while one new out LGBT leader was elected for the first time. Major set backs were suffered in Chapel Hill as two out LGBT elected officials were lost.

Charlotte: A pro-equality majority was elected to the Charlotte City Council, and out LGBT members LaWana Mayfield, and Al Austin sailed to re-election. A pro-equality majority was also elected to City Council, with a strong ally, Jennifer Roberts, winning as Mayor of Charlotte.

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Robert Kellogg

Gastonia: Robert Kellogg was elected for the first time to the Gastonia City Council. Robert is an out member of the LGBT community and previously served as Vice-President of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina prior to launching his campaign.

Carrboro: Lydia Lavelle was rel-elected Mayor of Carrboro. Lydia is an out member of the LGBT community and has served as mayor since 2013.

Greensboro: While Greensboro has no out LGBT elected officials, every Council Member who voted in favor of Greensboro’s pro-LGBT ordinance sailed to victory last night, with a strong ally, Nancy Vaughan, being re-elected as Mayor.

Chapel Hill: Two popular and effective out LGBT leaders lost re-election in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and Chapel Hill Town Council Member Lee Storrow were defeated last night, but we will be there to support them as they continue to fight for the causes we all care about.

 

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LGBT Democrats of NC Convention – 2015

Join the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina for our Fifth Annual State Convention held the same weekend as Equality NC’s annual Gala.

The election of all state officers of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina will occur at this meeting, including President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President of College Outreach, all 13 Congressional District Chairs and all 13 Congressional District Vice Chairs.

Date: 11/21/2015
Time: 12:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: NC State University, Talley Student Center, Room 4280, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606Join the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina for our Fifth Annual State Convention held the same weekend as Equality NC’s annual Gala.

The election of all state officers of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina will occur at this meeting, including President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President of College Outreach, all 13 Congressional District Chairs and all 13 Congressional District Vice Chairs.

Date: 11/21/2015
Time: 12:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: NC State University, Talley Student Center, Room 4280, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606

More details on speakers and the agenda to come soon!

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LGBT Democrats 2015 Party Chair Candidate Questionnaire

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LGBT Democrats of North Carolina Meet to Elect New Officers

Greensboro, NC – On Saturday, November 9th, 2013 LGBT Democrats from across North Carolina met at Guilford College to elect new officers and chart a path for future growth.  Members from near and far assembled as outgoing President, Ryan Butler, conducted the meeting in the packed convention room.  Butler reminded the delegation of the progress which has been made in the short two years since the organization’s inception.

The historic path began with a handful of LGBT organizers in the heat of the fight against Amendment One and ended with a unanimous vote of approval by hundreds of North Carolina Democratic Party State Executive Committee members.  In that short period of time the first county chapters have been formed, a valiant fight against Amendment One mounted, Democratic candidates supported and caucus members elected to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

Newly elected President Ralph Rodland pledged to move the state auxiliary forward with an aggressive agenda to expand county chapters across the state and to become a voice for Democratic principles in North Carolina.  Rodland has pledged to see 15 new chapters formed in the coming year and to make our voice heard and understood in N.C. Democratic Party politics.

“Once we have increased our membership and fully developed a dialogue with all members of our community, we can organize and affect change in elections that will enable us to fulfill our primary purpose—electing Democrats all across the state,” LGBT Democrats of North Carolina President-elect Ralph Rodland said.  “From sponsoring canvasses and phone banks, offering candidate development resources, and creating a published statewide endorsement slate, we can truly ensure our community is a fully integrated and sought after voice on all issues affecting Democrats in our state.”

The LGBT Delegation also unanimously adopted a resolution thanking N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper for his public support of marriage equality.

The following individuals were elected officers at Saturday’s convention:

Ralph Rodland, President

Chris Speer, Vice President

Robert Kellogg, Secretary

Kirby Heard, Treasurer

To become a member of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina or for assistance in forming a county chapter please contact Chris Speer or Ralph Rodland.

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Amended By-Laws, SEC Meeting

By-Laws were amended Oct 6 and have been updated on the By-Laws page.

The LGBT Democrats Caucus Executive Committee will meet briefly before the beginning of the upcoming SEC meeting and recess after determining the best time and place to meet during the SEC meeting. Look for signs near the check in table to direct you to the location of the meeting.

Notice:
LGBT Democrats Caucus Executive Committee Meeting
Date: February 2, 2012
Time: 10:45am
Place: Durham Convention Center

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Greensboro Pride!

LGBT Democrats of NC at Greensboro Pride 2012!

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