Equality North Carolina Foundation is the oldest statewide organization in the country dedicated to fighting for LGBTQ rights. The vision of Equality NC Foundation is that beyond legal rights and justice, we win “lived equality” including safety and acceptance in the community at large for all LGBTQ North Carolinians. Our mission is to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) North Carolinians.
The goals of Equality NC are to provide training and education to individuals, institutions, businesses and the government on how to provide diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments. Additionally, we work to mobilize our communities and partners to advocate and take action against discriminatory practices. ENC achieves these goals through the core strategies of Advocacy, Training and Education, Leadership Development, and Base-building.
What began as a defense fund in 1979 has now matured into a social justice organization working for legal rights, justice, and “lived equality” including safety and acceptance in the community at large. We see our role as a convener, trainer, and resource within North Carolina to lift up our more marginalized communities. Our focus is to work efficiently at both the grassroots and the grass tops levels to ensure equitable treatment of all LGBTQ North Carolinians regardless of their immigration status, socioeconomic level, gender or gender identity, race, and standing with the justice system.