This year, North Carolina was thrust into the epicenter of a national debate with the passage in March of one of the most anti-LGBTQ laws in the nation, House Bill 2. As our LGBTQ citizens saw their rights stripped away, transgender citizens were especially targeted and attacked by our opponents. Many transgender North Carolinians stood up to those attacks — and stepped into the spotlight to tell their stories, stories that were crucial to push back on opponents’ lies. We want to recognize the work of several individuals who spoke out to their elected officials, to the community and to the media by sharing their experiences of discrimination in North Carolina. These individuals were strong, visible advocates for LGBTQ equality in North Carolina.
We are proud to honor 10 transgender activists as our 2016 People of the Year: Lara Americo (Charlotte), Charlie Comero (Charlotte), Candis Cox (Raleigh), Madeline Goss (Raleigh), Alaina Brennan-Kupec (Chapel Hill), Erica Lachowitz (Charlotte), Mykal Shannon (Charlotte), Rev. Mykal Slack (Durham), Skye Thomson (Greenville) and Tina Madison White (Asheville).