Equality North Carolina announced Friday morning that Chris Sgro is stepping down as executive director at the end of May.
Sgro became know across the state as a leader in the fight against North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which curbed civil rights extended to the LGBT community by cities.
It’s a battle Sgro says he will continue to fight on a national level, as director of communications for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. The HRC was also a key player in fighting North Carolina’s HB2, which was created by state officials to negate a Charlotte civil rights ordinance that extended civil rights to lesbian, gay and transgender people.
“I'll be joining the team of one of our major national partners...In that capacity, I'll still be fighting alongside you in our battle to win equality here in the Tar Heel State and across the nation,” Sgro said in a statement. “I realize that there is much left to be done to achieve true equality across the state.”
Equality NC is a statewide organization that advocates for equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer North Carolinians. It is the oldest state-based LGBTQ equality group in the country.
Rick McDermott and Jeanne Kutrow, board chairs of Equality NC, have announced that a search committee will handle finding a replacement for Sgro.
News of Sgro’s resignation comes just a day after another top LGBT advocate announced he is resigning: North Carolina NAACP head William Barber. He will leave that role in June to help organize a new Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C.