Keshet is working with secular LGBTQ+ rights organizations and Jewish organizations to fight for LGBTQ+ equality in North Carolina. Along with local synagogues, we are working with Carolina Jews for Justice and Equality North Carolina to mobilize Jewish communities for LGBTQ+ rights. To get involved in North Carolina, sign up here.

Pro-LGBTQ+ laws

  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ parents in adoption and foster care
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in employment and public accommodations
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ state employees
    • However, state explicitly excludes transition-related healthcare in their state employee health benefits
  • Anti-bullying law protecting LGBTQ+ students
  • Conversion therapy ban covering LGBTQ+ youth
  • Protections against discrimination for LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system
  • State allows for changing of gender marker on driver’s licenses

Anti-LGBTQ+ laws

  • No second-parent adoption for unmarried couples
  • State family leave policies do not include inclusive definitions of spouse/partner/parent/child
  • No nondiscrimination protections for LBGTQ+ people in housing, jury service, or credit/lending
  • State has targeted religious exemption law that permits state and local officials to decline to marry couples of whose marriage they disapprove
  • No nondiscrimination law protecting LBGTQ+ students
  • State curriculum not required to be LGBTQ+-inclusive
  • No hate crimes law protecting LGBTQ+ people
  • Gay/trans panic defense is not banned
  • State criminalizes transmission of HIV
  • State requires proof of sex reassignment surgery in order to change gender marker
  • State does not allow for changing of gender marker on birth certificates
  • State law requires publication of name change announcement
  • No gender neutral options on driver’s license or birth certificates

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