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It's no secret that Carrboro is proud of it's LGBT community. During the "Pride Piper Walk" Mayor Lavelle proclaimed June 2018 as LGBT Pride Month in Carrboro. Below you can read about the historical strides Carrboro is making toward LGBT equality.
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen has a proud history of advancing the rights of LGBT North Carolinians, including being the first municipality in the state to create a domestic partner registry. On October 11, 1994, Carrboro was the first in the state to extend eligibility for employment benefits to same-sex partners of Town employees. Carrboro was the first in the state to elect a gay mayor and a lesbian mayor. Our Town was among the first in the state to support civil marriage for same-sex couples, adopting a resolution on December 2, 2008, that called for the legal recognition of civil marriage for same-sex couples to share fully and equally the rights of marriage across our state and nation; and passage of a resolution on December 7, 2010, urging a repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
On March 26, 2016, Carrboro was the first municipality in North Carolina to call for repeal of the North Carolina General Assembly’s discriminatory House Bill 2 (Session Law 2016-3), adopting a resolution affirming the dignity of LGBT people; although HB2 was repealed in March 2017. It was replaced with House Bill 142, which does not allow municipalities to pass non-discrimination ordinances that protect the LGBT community until December of 2020. As a result, Carrboro continues to speak out and advocate for this right.