Rainbow Rundown: Elliot Page, North Carolina LGBTQ protections

We’ve made it. Finally. It’s December, and the year is almost over. 2020 has been a wild, wild ride, friends. Through all the turmoil and challenge, losses and sadness, 2021 is in sight — and vaccines will soon start rolling out across the world.

With an eye toward a new year, this first Rainbow Rundown in December marks a milestone, as we head into the fourth month and twelfth week of continuous publishing.

You’ll notice that this week’s Rainbow Rundown is a bit slim. That’s not due to laziness. No! Our staff has had their noses to the grindstone putting the finishing touches on this year’s Charlotte Pride Magazine. When the magazine — a kind of reformulation of our annual printed “Pride Guide” — debuted its inaugural edition last year, we envisioned it being published in advance of each year’s festival and parade in August. Of course, like every other event in the world, our annual celebration went virtual this year. So, we decided to push the Charlotte Pride Magazine back to December, and have it serve as a special year-end retrospective of everything 2020 has thrown our community’s way.

We’re quite proud of this year’s magazine, and we think you’ll find it’s something to keep and cherish, a touchstone for this crazy year. And we’re proud of all the folks who have contributed to its stories, artwork, and photos, too. We can’t wait to sing their praises once you have a chance to see the final product.

The magazine goes to press in the coming days and its limited print run is expected to fly off the shelves when we start distributing it the week before Christmas. Stay tuned for more updates and a published distribution list so you’ll know where to pick up a copy for yourself!

In this issue of the Rainbow Rundown:

  • Elliot Page comes out as transgender
  • Advocates push ahead of LGBTQ non-discrimination protections
  • News from around the nation and world
  • Local and regional news spotlight

Elliot Page comes out as transgender

Elliot Page as Vanya on Netlfix’s “The Umbrella Academy.”

Unless you were living under a rock all week, there’s no way you missed some of the biggest queer news of the year: Elliot Page came out as trans, using he and they pronouns, this week. The talented, award-winning actor is best known currently for their role in Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” but has long been loved for their roles in several iconic films, including his cinematic breakthrough in 2007’s “Juno,” as well as roles in “Inception,” “Tallulah,” and two films in the X-Men franchise.

Take a look back at this week’s top headline with some of these takes on the news:

Advocates push ahead for LGBTQ non-discrimination protections

LGBTQ advocates in North Carolina are pushing ahead with efforts to pass LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections in cities across the state, following the Dec. 1 expiration of portions of a state law that previously prohibited them.

HB142 was passed as a compromise “repeal” of HB2, the now-infamous bill that nullified Charlotte’s public accommodations ordinance. The new law had prohibited cities and counties from passing any new non-discrimination protections, as well as limiting the regulation of public restrooms.

With that first restriction out of the way now, Equality North Carolina and the Campaign for Southern Equality are joining forces with a statewide coalition to push forward new protections.

Equality NC’s Kendra Johnson and Campaign for Southern Equality’s Jasmine Beach-Ferrera wrote about their plans and the need for expanded protections in an op-ed published this week by the Asheville Citizen-Times. You can read it here.

To learn more about the statewide campaign and how you can support efforts to pass new LGBTQ-inclusive protections, visit the campaign website at NCisReady.org.

News from around the nation and world

Local and regional news spotlight