The governing board of Hillsborough, a town of 7, about 40 miles 64 kilometers northwest of Raleigh, voted unanimously this week to approve new protections for people on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and other differences. The city of Durham, with , people, will consider such protections next week, according to gay-rights groups. Her group and others started a campaign in the fall to urge cities and towns to act. Pat McCrory signed into law in March The measure, which was a response to action by the Charlotte City Council, barred additional non-discrimination ordinances by towns and cities.
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A gay New York City couple say they were harassed and asked to leave a restaurant this month because of their sexuality. Nelson Ayala and Jamel Brown Jr. They say a woman who worked behind the counter made homophobic remarks after they had ordered. In a separate video shot by Ayala, the woman can be heard repeatedly apologizing. There are currently 21 states, including New York, that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in state law, with five more that interpret their existing sex discrimination prohibitions in public accommodations to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to the Movement Advancement Project, an LGBTQ think tank.
CNN -- Gay Republicans in North Carolina said state party officials told them their group isn't welcome at a convention this weekend because "homosexuality is not normal" and their agenda is "counterproductive to the Republican agenda. Bill Peaslee, a spokesman for the state GOP, said its leaders rescinded their offer to grant the Log Cabin Republicans a table at the convention because "in our opinion, they're not really a Republican organization. Their political agenda is different than our political agenda.
CNN -- High school is an awkward time for many, if not most, teen-agers. But for gay teens, the awkwardness is sometimes compounded by the rejection -- and outright hostility -- of their classmates. With school officials sometimes reluctant or unable to reach out to gay youth, students in some communities have turned to each other for help.