More Communities Across the State Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinances

Raleigh, Knightdale, and Morrisville join the growing list of North Carolina communities that have passed LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances. So far, 18 communities across the state have adopted local protections from discrimination in employment and public accommodation.

  • The adoption of ordinances protects North Carolinians from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, natural hairstyle, and more.
  • “This is what it looks like when a community comes together and empower our residents and visitors to stand up against discrimination,” stated Sig Hutchinson, Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners.
  • “No one should have to fear bigotry based on their ZIP code, nor should they have to move to avoid discrimination,” stated Kendra Johnson, Executive Director of Equality NC.  “Having non-discrimination ordinances sends a clear and powerful message that all people are welcomed and included in their home communities.”

As more and more North Carolinians demand LGBTQ protections, it signals that our communities want to ensure that everyone has the right to dignity, equality, and fairness, no matter who they are. 

Amid efforts to erase Black, brown, and LGBTQ experiences in public schools, these protections could not be more important. 

If you would like to learn more about inclusive policies protecting LGBTQ North Carolinians from discrimination in every area of life, learn more at

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Eleanore Wood

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