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Top NC LGBT advocate takes new Washington job

Posted May 12

Chris Sgro, Democratic lawmaker and director of Equality NC

— A gay-rights advocate and former legislator who helped lead the fight against a North Carolina law limiting LGBT protections is leaving Equality North Carolina.

The advocacy group announced Friday that Chris Sgro is stepping down this month as executive director to join the national advocacy group Human Rights Campaign as communications director.

Sgro was a leading voice opposing the law known as House Bill 2 that governed public restroom use by transgender people and limited other LGBT protections. It was replaced this year with a law that advocacy groups say remains problematic.

During Sgro's four years at the helm, Equality NC expanded voter outreach and worked with religious leaders in urban and rural areas.

"Equality North Carolina has never been about me," he said in a statement. "Equality NC has never been stronger than it is today because our community stepped up during the HB2 battle to stand with us to fight discrimination in our state. We will always stand with them."

Sgro was also appointed to fill a vacancy in the North Carolina House last year.

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