Under the Dome

LGBT network of elected officials forms

A network of elected officials across the state has formed to advance rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in North Carolina.

Calling itself N.C. Electeds for Equality, the group so far has 31 members, including representatives of the Council of State, General Assembly, and local mayors, commissioners and council members.

The network was announced at Saturday’s Equality N.C. Foundation gala in Greensboro, where Attorney General Roy Cooper gave the keynote address.

Besides Cooper, state Treasurer Janet Cowell is among the members of the new group, which includes more than a dozen Democratic state legislators, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill Town Council member Lee Storrow, and Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones.

The network will make it easier for members to learn about issues related to sexual orientation, including employment, housing, accomodates, health care and public safety, according to a news release.

More information about the project can be found at http://equalitync.org/electedsforequality .