News Flash

Carrboro Town News

Posted on: January 7, 2021

Local Governments to Consider New Protections for LGBTQ People in Orange County, NC

GOV_LOGOS

JOINT NEWS RELEASE FROM Town of Carrboro, Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Hillsborough and Orange County, NC

Local governments in Orange County, North Carolina, will consider adopting new safeguards against LGBTQ discrimination this January, following the expiration of a three-year state ban blocking those protections.

In a coordinated and concerted approach, the elected leaders of Orange County and the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough are taking action now that the ban has expired. Each jurisdiction will consider new anti-discrimination protections at the local level. The comprehensive protections will cover numerous categories, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The ordinances will address discrimination in core areas of life, including public spaces like restaurants and stores, as well as employment. 

On Dec. 1, 2020, a key provision of House Bill 142 expired, restoring the authority of local governments in North Carolina to adopt ordinances protecting LGBTQ residents from discrimination. House Bill 142 was the North Carolina legislation that replaced the anti-LGBTQ House Bill 2 in 2017.

“Having these types of non-discrimination ordinances at the local level is now allowed in 48 states,” said Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle. “In 2020, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the rights of LGBTQ people to employment free of discrimination, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals recently ruled that LGBTQ residents have the right to be provided services the same as any other member of the public. Further, our Orange County voters have historically shown overwhelming support for the LGBTQ community. These proposed ordinances reflect the values of our communities.”

The new local anti-discrimination ordinances address gaps in protection. The ordinances cover protections for services offered in places of “public accommodation,” including stores, hotels, and businesses that supply goods or services on the premises to the public or that solicit or accept the patronage or trade of any person. The ordinances also cover protections for employment not covered by federal law. The N.C. General Assembly retains control over the regulation of multi-occupancy bathrooms.

Historically, Orange County, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough have been home to the most progressive LGBTQ policies in North Carolina and were among the first in the state to have domestic partner registries and to offer domestic partner benefits to town employees. All of the local governments have inclusive LGBTQ personnel and contracting policies, and their elected bodies have consistently passed resolutions affirming the dignity and rights of the LGBTQ community. There have been nine LGBTQ elected officials in Orange County, including the first gay and lesbian mayors in North Carolina.

Anti-discrimination ordinances are scheduled for review and adoption as follows: 

Photo caption: Gay elected officials championing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect LGBTQ residents (L-R): Hillsborough Commissioner Matt Hughes, Chapel Hill Council Member Karen Stegman, Carrboro Council Member Damon Seils and Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle. 

OC_ElectedOfficials_masks.jpg


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Carrboro Town News

Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: April 16, 2021
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: April 16, 2021
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: April 9, 2021
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: April 8, 2021
Lydia Landscape-0645

Poetry Month in Carrboro

Posted on: April 7, 2021
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: April 1, 2021
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: April 1, 2021
Town Hall and tulips

Town Holiday Service Changes

Posted on: March 29, 2021
Earth Hour

2021 Earth Hour in Carrboro

Posted on: March 26, 2021
Carrboro This Week March 26

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: March 26, 2021
Carrboro This Week March 19 2021

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: March 19, 2021
Carrboro This Week Connects

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: March 12, 2021
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 12, 2021
Carrboro Police

Carrboro Police Investigate Shooting

Posted on: March 9, 2021
Joint Cleanup 1

2nd Annual Joint Creek Clean-Up

Posted on: March 8, 2021
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: March 5, 2021
Carrboro This Week March 6

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: March 5, 2021
Carrboro Connects March 18 Meeting

Carrboro Connects Community Workshop

Posted on: March 5, 2021
PAULI MURRAY email SAVE THE DATE

31st Annual Pauli Murray Awards Ceremony

Posted on: February 26, 2021
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 26, 2021
Carrboro This Week Feb 26

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: February 26, 2021
Virtual QA Flyer_March 6

Virtual Stream Restoration Q&A

Posted on: February 26, 2021
Carrboro This Week Feb 19

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: February 19, 2021
Scholastic Journalism

Scholastic Journalism Week in Carrboro

Posted on: February 19, 2021
English Ivy

Invasive Species Awareness Week

Posted on: February 21, 2021
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 19, 2021
Project Updates

Carrboro Project Updates

Posted on: February 19, 2021
Winter Storm Warning

Winter Storm Warning

Posted on: February 17, 2021
BIPOC Business

BIPOC Business Roundtable Discussion

Posted on: February 16, 2021
Carrboro This Week Feb 12

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: February 12, 2021
Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 12, 2021
Fire Station

Fire Strikes Multi-Family Dwelling

Posted on: February 12, 2021
For-the-Love-of-Carrboro2

For the Love of Carrboro 2021

Posted on: February 8, 2021
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Town Council Update

Posted on: February 8, 2021
Carrboro This Week Feb. 5, 2021

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: February 5, 2021
Carrboro This Week Jan 29

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: January 28, 2021
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 29, 2021
Dr K Corbett

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett Day in Carrboro

Posted on: January 22, 2021
Carrboro This Week Jan. 21

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: January 21, 2021
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: January 22, 2021
Pauli Murray mural

31st Annual Pauli Murray Awards

Posted on: January 19, 2021
Town Commons - 1

Carrboro Extends Park Pavilion Fee Waivers

Posted on: December 17, 2020
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: January 15, 2021
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 15, 2021
COVID-PlanComments-1-2021

Long-Term Recovery Plan Ready for Review

Posted on: January 18, 2021
Dr. MLK Jr Special Event 2021 Flyer

He Had a Dream. Are We Living It?

Posted on: December 22, 2020
COVID-19 Memorial Day Wednesday, Jan.uary 19, 2021

COVID-19 Memorial Day in Carrboro

Posted on: January 13, 2021
Carrboro This Week Jan 8

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: January 7, 2021
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Town Council Update

Posted on: January 8, 2021
Chief Horton

Carrboro Police Chief to Retire

Posted on: January 6, 2021
Carrboro This Week Dec. 18 2020

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: December 18, 2020
Ron Stutts

Friday is Ron Stutts Day in Carrboro

Posted on: December 16, 2020
COVID-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing

Posted on: December 14, 2020
Happy Holidays Carrboro

Carrboro Annual Holiday Program

Posted on: December 23, 2020
Tyrone Small Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: December 5, 2020
Carrboro Cheer Poster Nov2020

Introducing: Carrboro Cheer

Posted on: December 4, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Town Council Update

Posted on: December 4, 2020
Carrboro This Week Nov 25 2020

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: November 24, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: November 25, 2020
Holiday Shopping in Carrboro

Small Business Saturday in Carrboro

Posted on: November 23, 2020
203 Project Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: November 20, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: November 20, 2020
2019 Transgender Day of Remembrance logo

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted on: November 20, 2020
Care-to-Share-logo

It’s Care to Share Day in Carrboro

Posted on: November 19, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: November 6, 2020
Carrboro This Week Nov 13 2020

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: November 13, 2020
visit Carrborro feel free

Introducing Visit Carrboro!

Posted on: November 10, 2020
HEALTHY HOME 1382X961

Free Healthy Homes During COVID-19 Class

Posted on: November 10, 2020
 Carrboro This Week Nov 6, 2020

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: November 6, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: November 6, 2020
We're looking for volunteers to plant trees

We're Planting Trees in Carrboro!

Posted on: November 6, 2020
Carrboro This Week Oct 30

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: October 30, 2020
Fire-Rescue Patch

Fire Strikes Single-Family Home

Posted on: November 1, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: October 30, 2020
Carrboro This Week Oct 23

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: October 23, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: October 23, 2020
visit Carrborro feel free

Visit Carrboro Launch Event

Posted on: October 22, 2020
Carrboro This Week Oct 16

Carrboro This Week

Posted on: October 17, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: October 16, 2020
town seal

AVISO DE AUDENCIA PÚBLICA

Posted on: October 16, 2020
COVID-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing and Free Flu Shots

Posted on: October 13, 2020
town seal

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Posted on: October 16, 2020
Early Voting Sites in Orange County

Early Voting Starts This Week

Posted on: October 14, 2020
Fight Flu graphic

Make a Plan to Get a Flu Shot

Posted on: October 12, 2020
Town Hall Rainbow Flags

Marriage Equality Day in Carrboro

Posted on: October 10, 2020
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week: Oct. 9, 2020

Posted on: October 9, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: October 9, 2020
WPPlayground

Headed to the Park? Take Your Mask

Posted on: October 5, 2020
Carrboro This Week

Carrboro This Week: Oct. 2, 2020

Posted on: October 2, 2020
Community School

Community School Celebrates 50 Years

Posted on: September 25, 2020
DiaperNeed Awareness Week

Diaper Need Awareness Week

Posted on: September 23, 2020
voter registration day

Voter Registration Day in Carrboro

Posted on: September 22, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Carrboro Town Council Update

Posted on: September 18, 2020
HispanicHeritageCelebrated

Carrboro Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on: September 16, 2020
203 Project

Public Meetings: The 203 Project

Posted on: September 15, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Recap of Sept. 8 Council Meeting

Posted on: September 11, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Recap of Sept. 1 Council Meeting

Posted on: September 4, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Council Meeting Summary

Posted on: August 21, 2020
The Carrboro Courier

The Carrboro Courier

Posted on: July 29, 2020
COVID-19 Testing in Orange County/Carrboro (English)

COVID-19 Testing in Carrboro

Posted on: July 17, 2020
Council Zoom Meeting Photo

Council Meeting Summary

Posted on: July 16, 2020
town seal

Council Meeting June 23 Summary

Posted on: June 26, 2020
Small Town Pride

Carrboro Shows Its Small Town Pride

Posted on: June 26, 2020
town seal

Council Meeting June 16 Summary

Posted on: June 19, 2020
Immigrant Heritage Month 2020

Immigrant Heritage Month in Carrboro

Posted on: June 19, 2020