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Queen & Terrance

North Carolina

North Carolina is one of the 31 states that legally discriminates against people like Queen and Terrance.

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Imagine being forced to leave your home, simply because of who you are. This is what happened to Queen, a transgender woman living in North Carolina.

Queen, who was born male but transitioned to female so that she could live her life as the woman she has always known herself to be, was renting an apartment in North Carolina. She had a good relationship with her landlord until one day when her apartment had a leak and he came over to fix it. It was then that her landlord saw her rainbow flag and equality stickers, and the conversation changed. Suddenly, he began challenging Queen about why she had those items and what they stood for.

Two weeks later, the landlord told Queen that the house was being sold and that she would have to move out. It was difficult to find another place to live on such short notice, so she was forced to move in with her family for a while.

Having so many doors closed makes you want to give up on yourself.

Queen later discovered that the landlord immediately rented the apartment to another tenant after Queen left. The house wasn’t being sold—he just didn’t want Queen living there after he discovered that she is transgender1. “Having so many doors closed makes you want to give up on yourself,” said Queen.

Queen lost her home simply because of who she is. Today in North Carolina, the same thing can still happen to other LGBT2 residents who can be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, or even denied services like medical treatment.

1Transgender

People whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex assigned at birth.

2LGBT

LGBT is a common acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.

Laws

North Carolina is one of 31 states in this country that doesn't fully protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

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North Carolina has passed 4 laws that actively harm LGBT people.

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In North Carolina, LGBT people ...

  • Can be fired or denied a promotion

  • Can be evicted from their homes or denied housing

  • Can be denied service at public establishments, denied medical treatment, or even kicked out of restaurants or businesses

North Carolina

10.1 Million

North Carolina’s total population

274k

274,682

Total LGBT population

25% Of LGBT population raising children

26%

Of LGBT population raising children

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