Alicia Stemper, right, and Lydia Lavelle became domestic partners in 2011. Photo courtesy of Avery Stemper.

LGBTQ elected officials send open letter to President-elect Donald Trump

Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Board of Aldermen member Damon Seils signed the letter with two other North Carolinians

Two elected officials in Carrboro joined more than 150 other LGBTQ officials across the U.S. in sending a letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, asking him to respect and continue efforts to create equality for the LGBTQ community.


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The University offers a number of resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The LGBTQ Center works to foster an inclusive community within UNC. They do this by advocating for LGBTQ rights, setting up educational programs and offering resources to the UNC community relating to these issues.

Over the past few years the state of North Carolina has been involved in a fight over LGBTQ rights. In 2012 the state voted on a ballot initiative known as Amendment One. The initiative passed 61 percent to 39 percent and established a ban on gay marriage in the state’s constitution. A number of groups challenged the constitutionality of the decision, including the ACLU.

In October 2014, North Carolina became the 29th state, plus Washington, D.C., to legalize gay marriage in the United States. The Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states on June 26, 2015. 

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Natalie the pit bull enjoys PrideFest at Duke University this weekend. 

Pups show pride alongside humans at NC Pride

Natalie, a portly white pit bull, waddled over the grass of Duke University’s verdant East Campus Saturday in a pair of purple satin pixie wings. Her head was as wide as a shovel and her mouth could swallow your hand whole, but for such a powerful beast she glanced around with an almost childlike exuberance, her thick pink tongue unfurled, her amber eyes giddy and ecstatic at all the attention and head pats she was receiving.