Statement on 64th Annual Convention in Charlotte

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The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) commit to hosting the NAGC 64th Annual Convention (NAGC17) in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 9-12, 2017. 

The Board of Directors of both NAGC and NCAGT strongly opposed North Carolina’s HB2 and unjust policies that remained after its repeal by the state legislature; however, we will proceed with the convention as a strong, public statement of protest and solidarity with all who feel the pains of unjust discrimination.

NAGC, NCAGT, and members of the NAGC GLBTQ Network are working together to leverage the opportunity to support its members, be a shining example of inclusiveness and respect, and advance its mission of supporting the needs of gifted children. So far, our organization introduced a welcoming center at our convention, specialized programming, gender neutral bathrooms, and safety discussions with hotel and convention security staff. Through these positive and proactive steps and future ones, the 2017 NAGC Convention will advance the cause of equity for all.

Maya Angelou once said, “Equal rights are like the air; we all have it, or none of us has it.” Hosting NAGC17 in Charlotte is an opportunity to spotlight the importance of inclusion and equality. We will raise our collective voice about a critical issue that powerfully affects many in our community—dignity of LGBTQ people. We will send a strong message of collaboration, inclusion, and equality for all.

Together we will create change; together we will connect communities; together we will celebrate commitment to equity and excellence.