Tuesday, October 25, 2005

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From Equality NC, October 25, 2005 Friends, We've had busy couple weeks fighting the far-right to protect LGBT students. We've also been on the road and traveling around the state for education and outrearch programs in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill and a great fundraiser in Winston-Salem. If we can help with a program in your area, let us know! Ian Palmquist & Ed Farthing Executive Directors Fight for Inclusive Counseling Continues Equality NC is continuing our work to ensure that the State Board of Education doesn't give in to pressure from the anti-LGBT bigotry of the NC Family Policy Council and adopts professional standards for school counselors and school social workers that include understanding discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We're working to educate board members about the issue, ensure that ally organizations speak out on the issue, and get our message of equality and justice out in the media. Last week we launched an online petition campaign and you, our supporters, came through! In less than a week more than 1000 people have signed the petition. If you haven't signed the petition, click here to sign now. If you have, thank you. The Board will vote on this policy at their meeting on November 2-3. We'll keep working and keep you up to date as this issue develops. Activist, Candidate Training Coming to North Carolina Want to learn how to be a stonger activist? Thinking of working on a campaign? Considering a run for elected office? Wellstone Action, a national progressive center for training and leadership development is bringing Camp Wellstone to Raleigh November 11-13. The training will include three tracks for people with all levels of experience: Being a Candidate Working on a Campaign Citizen Activism, Advocacy & Organizing To learn more about the program and to register, click here. Winston-Salem Reception a Hit Thanks to our supporters in the Triad for making our fundraising reception there Thursday a success. Our special guests, Carrboro Mayor Mike Nelson and Police Chief Carolyn Hutchison moved the crowd with their stories of serving as openly gay and lesbian officials and Equality NC staff updated the group on our work. The event raised more than $4000, and several members committed to becoming monthly sustainers. The reception was followed by a screening of In Broad Daylight, a powerful film documenting Dr. Jamie Koufman's transition to living as a female. This documentary, which is a finalist for the Sundance film festival, tells a moving tale and will be a strong tool for helping the public understand what it means to be transsexual. We are grateful to Dr. Koufman for hosting the event, ENC Board Member Philip Gnilka for organizing it, our special guests and other board members who attended, and the volunteers that aided the event. Upcoming Events Triangle Social Hour Friday, October 28, 6:30-8:30 PM Our first social hour was a huge success with more than 60 people attending, so we're doing it again! Not a fundraisier, just a fun chance to start the weekend with people who care about equal rights. Click here for details and to RSVP. National Transgender Day of Rememberance Sunday, November 20 Equality NC PAC Reception with Out Officials from Around the Nation Wednesday, December 7, 7:00-9:00 PM Save the Date! Details soon. Help us kick off our fundraising for our 2006 electoral work as we're joined by openly gay and lesbian elected officials from across the country. Original Source: click here