Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Raleigh, N.C.
A visit to Raleigh, N.C., is more than a trip to a blossoming Southern metropolis. With over one million residents, it’s truly the smart, savvy and welcoming locals who make our destination unique. Individuals from different backgrounds, with different beliefs and of different abilities are shaping the growth of our emerging creative businesses, extraordinary food scene and enriching cultural experiences.
The hospitality community in Raleigh/Wake County extends a welcome to all visitors with open hearts and the desire to meet their needs. We’re here to help you discover your own Raleigh story.
For both visitors and residents
Regarding area ordinances and policies, Raleigh, Cary, Wake County and towns within the destination have adopted nondiscrimination ordinances stronger than N.C. law. These municipalities in our destination have put inclusion into law, giving visitors of all types peace of mind. Below is a list of those ordinances and links to more information.
- The Wake County Board of Commissioners has adopted a nondiscrimination ordinance protecting everyone in the destination from discrimination based upon “race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or familial status and more.” Individuals who believe a business or organization has discriminated against them can file a complaint with the County Manager’s Office for investigation.
- These Wake County municipalities have adopted similar nondiscrimination ordinances: Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville and Wendell.
Another policy-related note: Abortion in North Carolina is legal during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (sometimes longer).