Clay Aiken Running for U.S. Congress in North Carolina

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 3:25 pm

Clay Aiken–American Idol star, Broadway and concert performer, best selling author, UNICEF ambassador, unwed father–is running for United States Congress in his home state of North Carolina.

Police in North Carolina Engaged in Spying to Root Out ‘Anarchists’ at ‘Moral Monday’ Protests

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 4:00 pm

Individuals who engaged in civil disobedience during “Moral Monday” protests are on trial in North Carolina. During the first trial of one of the protesters arrested, it came out in testimony that police for the state’s legislature conducted undercover surveillance and collected intelligence on “anarchists.”

North Carolina GOP Tack Multiple Abortion Restrictions Onto Sharia Law Bill

By: Wednesday July 3, 2013 4:19 pm

Republicans in the Texas legislature have held not one but two special sessions to try and pass anti-choice legislation. Ohio Republicans bundled their abortion restrictions into the yearly budget bill to avoid debate. Now, in North Carolina, a bill meant to ban Sharia law has been amended to include multiple abortion restrictions that had been proposed earlier in the year.

Late Night: On the Road to Dystopia

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 8:00 pm

A couple of things that always struck me about the writings of Asimov et al is the inherent optimism each of these authors showed in their writings. It seems, in their “future histories” that there is/will be a dystopian interlude that humanity has to struggle through, maybe even more than one. I have always found these to be optimistic that we will reach the stars and do so before we kill ourselves and all living creatures.

NC: Teahadist Lawmakers Propose Bill to Institute a “State Religion”

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 6:40 am

As I’ve said countless times before, the 2010 election saw a tidal wave of Teabaggers roll into our General Assembly in NC, and with the first GOP supermajority since Reconstruction, they’ve been hard at work since day one rolling back progressive progress in the state. In response to an ACLU challenge to prayer before Rowan County Board of Commissioners public meetings (97% of them open with Christian prayers, no less!), two lawmakers would like NC to establish an official state religion. It’s called the “Rowan County Defense of Religion Act.”

NC’s GOP-Led Ruin: Working hard not to create jobs, but to go after gays, Latinos…and enter wombs, bedrooms

By: Saturday March 30, 2013 5:20 pm

It was all too predictable. I wish that I could kick the @sses of the “reasonable but disengaged” NC voters — and there are way too many of them — who were too lazy/apathetic to cast a ballot to avoid the calamity we are witnessing now. That and the wreck of a state Dem party.

NC: Bigoted restaurant owner slips condemning letter to lesbian couple — after they’ve dined and paid

By: Saturday January 12, 2013 5:00 pm

I love the new homophobia. In the vein of Chik-Fil-a, bigoted establishments welcome gay dollars, but want to condemn at the same time. In New Bern, NC on December 4, Ariel and Shawnee McPhail walked into The Stingray Café, sat down and had their meal, and had this handed to them by the restaurant’s owner, Ed McGovern — after they had paid and were leaving.

Sanity in NC: ‘Choose Life’ license plates ruled unconstitutional

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 10:45 am

Before we begin to celebrate, note that in 29 states, these state-sponsored “Choose Life” plates are actually available. But not in North Carolina — only after the ACLU sued to halt the launch of the plates in the state after it was approved in the 2010-2011 legislative session. The plate was permanently blocked because the state failed to offer a pro-choice alternative plate to drivers.

A Celebration of Fighting the Good Fight in NC – And Receiving the 2012 Bob Page Equality Champion Award

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 8:45 am

A few weeks ago I learned that I was going to receive an award from the Equality NC Foundation — its Bob Page Equality Champion Award (Triangle Region) at its annual gala. It was held last night (Saturday) in Greensboro, after the day-long educational conference of activists and supporters.

In my blog post on the award itself, I noted that this year that all of the Champion Award recipients were women — North Carolina had a bumper crop of girl power! Honorees included Reverend Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (Western Region), Chris McLeod (Charlotte Region), Reverend Julie Peeples (Triad Region), and Sherre Toler (Eastern Region) — and they all contributed to the journey to equality here in very different and equally interesting and committed ways .

It’s an honor to be among Equality NC’s 2012 Equality Champion Award winners…

By: Monday October 22, 2012 2:53 pm

In many ways, receiving “the phone call” about this wonderful honor from the beyond-energetic Director of Development at Equality NC, Kay Flaminio, was not only surprising (so many people put blood, sweat, tears and $ into the battle, so why do I deserve the nod?), but it was a reminder of the deep, dark funk I was in for months after the hate amendment was voted into our state Constitution. It not only banned same-sex couples from marrying, it prevented any legal recognition of our relationships. I just wanted to put the memory of all that work away.

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