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Know + Love, a project of the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation and Equality NC Foundation, aims to present stories of loving and committed North Carolina families with gay and lesbian members in order to raise awareness and increase public support for the equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in North Carolina and across the nation.

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving and expanding the guarantees of individual liberty found in the United States Constitution, the North Carolina Constitution, and related federal and state civil rights laws. With more than 10,000 members and supporters throughout the state and an office located in Raleigh, the organization achieves its mission through advocacy, public education, community outreach, and when necessary, litigation.

Equality NC is a statewide group dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. It works toward that goal by effectively lobbying the North Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments on issues like inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnership, HIV/AIDS, and more. Equality NC also works to engage North Carolinians with educational programming and outreach efforts.

Both organizations were founding members of the Coalition to Protect All NC Families, a statewide group formed to defeat Amendment One, a discriminatory constitutional amendment to make marriage between a man and woman “the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized” in North Carolina that voters approved on May 8, 2012.

The ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation gratefully acknowledges the Stiefel Freethought Foundation for its support of the creation of this website.

Equality NC Foundation gratefully acknowledges Triangle Community Foundation for its support of video stories to call attention to the effects of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender North Carolinians living in the Triangle.