Community Partners

Over the next several months, Equality Winston-Salem will work with local businesses, government, corporations and faith communities to support our short and long term efforts toward supporting a more open and inclusive Winston-Salem. If you would like your organization to be listed as supporting inclusive practices and promoting non-discrimination policies, benefits and other practices that include LGBT workers, please contact us at equalitywinstonsalem@gmail.com.

Corporate Communities

The Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index reports the following local companies as having non-discrimination policies (based on sexual orientation only):

BB&T Corporation
Forsyth Medical Center
Hanesbrands
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
North Carolina School of the Arts
Novant Health Inc.
Reynolds American Inc.
Salem College
Wake Forest University
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Lowes Foods Stores
Pepsico

HRC does not report Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as having non-discrimination policies based on sexual orientation.

Source: http://www.hrc.org/issues/workplace.asp

 

Faith Communities

Below is a list of ten affirming congregations participating in early efforts to support the October Pride Parade. If your church is affirming and not on this list, please contact Equality Winston-Salem at equalitywinstonsalem@gmail.com to be added to the list.

Dellabrook Presbyterian

Church of the Holy Spirit Fellowship

Green Street UMC

MCC-Winston-Salem

Parkway UCC

Piedmont Triad Integrity

St. Anne’s Episcopal

Temple Emanuel

Trinity Presbyterian

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem

Wake Forest Baptist Church

Wentz Memorial UCC

Winston-Salem Friends Meeting

 

Community Outreach

Below is a letter sent to approximately 65 local churches asking for their support of Equality Winston-Salem efforts. If you would like us to send a letter to your faith community, please contact us at equalitywinstonsalem@gmail.com.

March 25, 2011

Dear Winston-Salem Area Faith Community—

My name is Dirk Robertson and I am contacting you on behalf of Equality Winston-Salem, an initiative formed in the Fall of 2010 after a series of incidents locally, regionally and nationally prompted concerned citizens of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (LGBTQ) community in Winston-Salem to actively engage in events and activities to increase the visibility of the LGBTQ community and support programs and initiatives that foster a more diverse, inclusive community. These efforts include addressing LGBTQ teen homelessness issues and supporting anti-bullying efforts in the school system.

Equality Winston-Salem will host Winston-Salem Pride 2011 on October 15, 2011—the first pride event held in Winston-Salem in 15 years. Fundraising efforts leading up to the parade include a series of four Gay Bingo events in Winston-Salem. With great support from the community, our first bingo event in February 2011 attracted a sellout crowd of 600 and raised over $12,000 toward Pride efforts. More importantly, the event drew a diverse crowd of participants and sponsors—approximately half of those in attendance were our straight allies.

Over the next several weeks, we are reaching out to local faith communities to gauge their interest in supporting the efforts of Equality Winston-Salem. Below is a list of ten affirming congregations participating in early efforts to support the October Pride Parade.

Dellabrook Presbyterian
Church of the Holy Spirit Fellowship
Green Street UMC
MCC-Winston-Salem
Parkway UCC
St. Anne’s Episcopal
Temple Emanuel
Trinity Presbyterian
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem
Wake Forest Baptist Church
Wentz Memorial UCC

It is our hope to garner the support of additional congregations throughout the Winston-Salem community. We acknowledge that many members of the LGBTQ community in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County are members of congregations not represented in the above list. They are undoubtedly members of your congregation and worship without the support and acknowledgement they deserve.

We are seeking the support of local faith communities at various levels of your choosing:

  • Would you consider being added privately to our list of affirming congregations? As a private listing, the name of your congregation would not be listed publicly with other affirming faith communities, but would be counted as one of the many faith communities in Winston-Salem that are open and affirming.
  • Would your faith community be willing to identify publicly as an open and affirming congregation? This would include publicizing your name with other open and affirming congregations on the Equality Winston-Salem website and in other materials. Open and affirming means that a faith community has publicly declared that LGBTQ people (or those of all sexual orientations) are welcomed into the full life and ministry (e.g. membership, leadership, employment, etc.) of the faith community. It bespeaks a spirit of hospitality and a willingness to live out that welcome in meaningful ways.
  • Would you be willing to attend a future meeting of affirming congregations in support of Equality Winston-Salem and WSPride2011?
  • Would your congregation be willing to participate in the October Pride Parade? Participation could include the rental of a nonprofit vendor booth to advertise your faith community and/or participation in the parade itself.

Equality Winston-Salem acknowledges that your congregation is an important contributor to the vibrancy of our Winston-Salem community. Your commitment to this effort would further support our collective efforts to secure a more diverse and inclusive Winston-Salem.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at 336-354-8059 to answer any questions you may have or put you in contact with local clergy who can discuss their open and affirming status with you.

I will follow-up over the next several weeks to discuss this request, and look forward to future dialogue.

Respectfully Offered,

Dirk Robertson
Co-organizer, Equality Winston-Salem