This week, we would like to congratulate PFLAG Greensboro's Linda and Mac Stroupe on earning Equality NC’s 2014 Bob Page Equality Champion Award. The award, named after a leader in North Carolina’s LGBT movement, was presented to the Stroupes by Equality NC at a gala event on November 22. Bob Page is the founder and chairman of Greensboro-based Replacements Limited, a china, silver, and glassware company (and, of note, a long-time corporate sponsor of PFLAG National). Bob and Replacements Ltd. have been in the news for public support of marriage equality.
Linda and Mac have been active PFLAGers for 18 years. In 1996, their son Carter came out while he was in middle school. The following year, Linda and Mac joined PFLAG Greensboro. Linda now serves as PFLAG South Atlantic Regional Director (NC, SC, KY and TN) and sits on the PFLAG National Board of Directors.
Linda and Mac began gaining the attention of Equality NC in 2012. That election year, voters in North Carolina passed a state constitutional amendment prohibiting the state from recognizing same-sex marriages or civil unions. The Stroupes vigorously campaigned against the amendment, leading rallies, panel discussions, voter education events, and fundraisers. As Linda has said, “Marriage is a unique event in our society in which we celebrate, and our laws affirm, the union of two people. It is the exact opposite of the lack of acceptance that many gay men and women like my son Carter have known.”
Much of that work was successful. The amendment was found unconstitutional in October 2014. As Equality NC states, “We’re proud to say Linda and Mac were standing beside us once again at the Guilford County Register of Deeds office when their-long fight for marriage equality in North Carolina came to an end and the freedom to marry became the law of the land.”
Congratulations Linda and Mac! PFLAG National is grateful for all your tireless work to advance equality.