Catch up quick: Charlotte Pride’s weekly Rainbow Rundown returns for 2021
Welcome back to the Rainbow Rundown, Charlotte Pride’s weekly recap of news and goings-on posted each and every Friday. Our team took a break from our weekly blog offering over the winter holidays and into the new year, but we’re back! As we wind down January and enter February, the new year is finally in full swing, and the Charlotte Pride board, volunteers, and staff are ready to get moving! Be sure to stay tuned in the next few weeks for more information and updates on our 2021 events and programs!
As we enter this new year, we’re also changing up the Rainbow Rundown. We want to make this weekly feature more useful, more concise, and easier for you to consume. In each weekly edition, you’ll see a single top story — the most important or timely piece of news for you to know this week, followed by local, regional, national, and global news sections which have been slimmed down to the top need-to-know stories. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
The Top Story
Charlotte, other cities push forward on LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances
Cities and towns across North Carolina are moving fast to pass LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections. The various moves come after statewide restrictions on local protections expired in December. Those restrictions had come as part of a 2017 so-called “compromise” repeal of 2016’s HB2, a statewide law passed in response to Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinances. While local governments can create new protections, that 2017 law, known as HB142, still prevents any protections for transgender people’s use of restrooms, lockers, and similar facilities.
The towns of Hillsborough, Carrboro and Chapel Hill were first to pass new LGBTQ-inclusive protections on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, quickly followed by Orange County, Durham, and Greensboro.
Winston-Salem and Boone are beginning conversations, but moving more slowly on any effort to hear and pass new protections. The same is true for Charlotte and Raleigh.
Charlotte officials have instructed their city attorney to begin researching draft language for a new ordinance. Raleigh, however, is holding out in the case of potential lawsuits.
“My understanding is that there are going to be lawsuits involving some of these other ordinances,” Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin told The News & Observer. “We are waiting to see how this plays out.”
Baldwin continued: “If we are going to pass something that can’t be enforced and isn’t legal, then we are not really accomplishing anything. We are just contributing to the noise. Our longstanding ordinance has been meaningful. We have updated it over the years. We have expanded it to be more inclusive.”
The lawsuit threats have come primarily from the NC Values Coalition, the statewide anti-LGBTQ hate group which led efforts to pass HB2 in 2016. State lawmakers, however, have been largely silent about the issue.
- City of Charlotte working on nondiscrimination ordinance (WSOC)
- Charlotte City Council Asks Attorney To Draft Protections For LGBTQ Community (WFAE)
- With NC law expired, LGBTQ+ leaders want Charlotte to pass non-discrimination measure (Charlotte Observer)
- NC cities are expanding protections, why Raleigh is waiting (News and Observer)
- Our view: Reaching LGBT equality (Winston-Salem Journal)
- Boone to consider LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections (WBTV)
Local and Regional News
- Artists, journalists collaborate on graphic novel about COVID cases in Charlotte (Charlotte Observer)
- North Carolina Scores Poorly in New Ranking on LGBTQ+ Rights (INDY Week)
- Local Wrench nights create safe space for queer community (Daily Tar Heel)
- Queer Chef Silver Cousler Brings First Filipinx Restaurant to Asheville With Focus on Employee Experience (Eater)
- Longtime Qnotes staffer Lainey Millen retires (QNotes)
National and Global News
- Some Anti-Trans Bills Fail, Others Hang in the Balance (Gay City News)
- Gay couple says NYC restaurant kicked them out because of their sexuality (NBC)
- National LGBTQ Task Force’s Rea Carey on Living Through History (Advocate)
- San Francisco tells gay bathhouses, “Welcome back!” (Bay Area Reporter)
- Biden to reverse anti-abortion rights policies in new executive actions (CBS)
- Pressure mounts for Japan to introduce the most basic of LGBT+ rights ahead of Olympics (Pink News)
Charlotte Pride’s Limited-Edition 2020 Magazine
The annual Charlotte Pride Magazine is back — with a special year-end retrospective for 2020. With the absence of an in-person festival and parade during this wild ride of a year, we decided to push the annual magazine back to December and use it to chronicle our work and the experiences of our community this year. With a very limited print run, you can find printed magazines in select locations across the city. View our distribution locations, a virtual flip book edition, and all the magazine’s articles here.