Greensboro's YES! Weekly comes out with a great article about the North Carolina Advocacy Coalition (NCAC), the new LGBT advocacy group I'm heading up, this week. The printed issue comes out tomorrow, May 24th, but the article is already up online today, May 23rd.
Check out the article at YES! Weekly... and here is a snippet:
Coalition forms to advocate for gay and lesbian rights
Staff writer, YES! Weekly
Greensboro residents might be slogging through an election loaded with all the familiar faces, but this year they at least have a new organization to help guide them through the process.
The NC Advocacy Coalition is a fledgling political action committee a shade different from its predecessors. The group, founded by a college sophomore, has dispensed with fussy suits and direct mailings in favor of rainbow colors and a Myspace account.
Matt Hill Comer, a local blogger scarcely of voting age himself, has filed paperwork to establish the NC Advocacy Coalition as a fully registered non-profit, tax-exempt political organization. The group’s goal is to advocate for members of Greensboro’s gay, lesbian and transgender community and engage young voters.
The NC Advocacy Coalition is not a pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian political activity. Equality North Carolina has lobbied state legislators on behalf of gay and lesbian residents since its formation in 1990. In addition to their focus on the General Assembly, they’ve weighed in on local races in the Triangle and Charlotte. But the group has never entered the Triad’s political sphere.
“[Equality North Carolina] has done a lot of great work and they are good at making things happen,” Comer said. “But from my standpoint as a youth and a college student, we need more of a grassroots effort in the community.”
Comer has submitted all the necessary forms, but he’s still seeking volunteers to fill a couple of crucial positions. No one has offered to serve as the group’s treasurer or development director yet.
You can get more info by clicking the link to the related post on my blog or by going to the NCAC MySpace profile at www.myspace.com/ncadvocacy