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Volume 123, Issue 27

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY DTH STAFF North Carolina is one of 29 states that does not include sexual orientation and gender identity in its workplace non-discrimination laws. Teachers say that makes it hard to hide their identity at work.

LGBT teachers face obstacles in a profession where acceptance is complicated By Danny Nett Senior Writer

A Christmas dinner surrounded by a new fiancé and close friends is the last place one would expect to hear bad news. When Lonnie Billard, a former teacher at Charlotte Catholic High School, made a fleeting comment in December about substituting for a fellow teacher’s class after the break, there was an unusual pause. “She goes, ‘Well, um, erm.’ And I said, ‘What, have I been fired?’ And she said ‘yes.’” While national public opinion continues to shift in favor of more rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, some say the teaching profession remains less accepting of LGBT teachers. And North Carolina is one of 29 states that does not include sexual orientation and gender identity in its workplace non-discrimination laws. Billard said he and his partner have been openly gay for years and he never had a negative experience at school prior to his dismissal at the end of 2014. He said parents and others in the community often referred gay students to him to

help with their experiences — something he no longer has the opportunity to do. “We are the only minority in the U.S. that can be fired for being exactly who we are. We can be denied employment. We can be denied access to restaurants,” he said. “The more you have gay people speak out, the quicker these things will change.” Earlier in December, Billard had announced on Facebook his decision to marry his partner, Rich, following the overturning of North Carolina’s gay marriage ban in October. The couple has been together for 13 years. Charlotte Catholic is a private school overseen by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte — and Billard said his announcement got back to a particularly conservative priest in the community. Less than a week before he was supposed to go in for work, Billard received a call from an assistant principal. “So he calls me and says that I’m no longer allowed to teach because of what I shared with my friends on Facebook,” Billard said. “I have never been more hurt … I lost the kids. I lost a reason to get up and do something every day. “(They) said I was in violation of Catholic

law, and therefore I could not continue to teach — which is, pardon my language, but is total bullshit,” he said. He said the decision to dismiss him came from the diocese, but diocese spokesman David Hains said the decision came from the school. “(Upon employment) he promised in writing not to oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church,” Hains said. “In announcing his upcoming same-sex marriage, he was opposing that teaching — essentially he was breaking that promise.” Hains said that because Billard was not a full-time teacher, he wasn’t fired; the decision was made not to use him as a substitute anymore. He said similar decisions have been made in the past — including with unmarried couples living together. For Billard, the decision to be vocal about his identity and professional situation was an easy one — but that’s not the case for all of the state’s LGBT educators. One public high school teacher, who has worked in the Triangle area for more than 30 years, asked to remain anonymous because he feels his position in the community might be

compromised if he comes out. “I’ve lived a lot of my life wondering if people have had suspicions one way or another,” he said. “I went everywhere by myself, and that was a lot of years — it was hard. But I wanted to teach, I wanted to coach … so I kept my mouth shut.” He said he felt parents and others in the conservative area would be uncomfortable with a gay man mentoring their children. “I think you pay more personal costs the more private you are,” he said. “But I was willing to accept some limitations because I really wanted to do this job.” Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ policy states that it prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Orange County Schools do not include sexual orientation or gender identity in their employee non-discrimination policies, while Chatham County Schools include both in their harassment policy but not explicitly in their non-discrimination policy. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Chatham County Schools and Orange County Schools could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


Suite-style dorm on hold Thrill City will close its doors in May BELL TOWER

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Morrison The cost of rent from students who would have lived in the building would not have been enough to subsidize the rising construction costs, Bradley said. “Rarely when we build a building does the student rent cover the cost of the building. In this case, of the $37 million that the project escalated to, we would have had to have $18 million of that from debt,” he said. Pranikoff said it’s highly possible that an outside donor could choose to fund the rest of the project in the future with the promise

Thrill City, a Chapel Hill-based clothing brand, will soon be selling the last of its original merchandise to the community that provided the inspiration for its various designs. Its store, located at 422A W. Franklin St., will be closing its doors in May. UNC alumnus Ryan Cocca started Thrill City with a design based on UNC basketball player Kendall Marshall. Four years later, Thrill City has grown to be featured on national TV and in multiple newspapers

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UNC has scrapped its plans to build a new apartmentstyle residence hall on South Campus. The new residence hall would have been located on Ridge Road between SASB North and Ram’s Head Deck, said Rick Bradley, associate director of Housing and Residential Education. The cancellation of the construction plans for the building, which was set to open in 2017, came as a result of a major spike in the project’s cost, said Sam Pranikoff, a student adviser for the project. “I think it was the fact that we expected more money than we actually had, and going through the planning process I can tell you that we made every conscious effort to cut costs,” he said. Bradley said the cost of the construction nearly doubled since its proposal about two years ago. “It escalated from the start of the project, (which) was $21.3 million, then by the time we pulled the plug, it was $37.4 million.”

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and magazines. “It’s grown from our dorm room to Franklin Street,” Cocca said. “It’s a mixed-emotion thing — it’s not an entirely sad thing.” The store is known for its fun clothing items, frequently adorned with pithy references to UNC basketball. Rohan Smith, UNC alumnus and co-owner of Thrill City, jumped on board with the business two years ago after meeting Cocca in a journalism class. “Thrill City has been kind of our baby,” Smith said. “Ryan started it, and he was a large part of what it was, and since then it’s just been for the two of us and the culture we’ve created.”



Lawsuit awards $14,935 to students

“I can tell you that we made every conscious effort to cut the costs.”

Court orders refunds to renters whose deposits were withheld.

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By Zoe Schaver

that the currently unnamed building would be named after that person. “There’s a whole naming committee here, and it’s an interesting process. You can take a few different routes,”


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Refunds totaling $14,935 will be returned to 27 prior tenants of a Chapel Hill landlord who illegally withheld security deposits, an Orange County superior court judge ruled Monday. Judge Allen Baddour entered a judgment and permanent injunction against James Ware Kelley and his firm, Ware Investments LLC, ordering them to pay the refunds as well

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as $96,000 in civil penalties and $12,000 in court costs, according to a press release from N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office. The firm is also barred from collecting security deposits in the future. “Security deposits protect landlords from tenants, but they should give them back if the tenants haven’t done anything wrong,” Cooper said in the release. Kelley said in an email that he believes Cooper is targeting him because of his work investigating mortgage fraud. “It’s the most likely reason Roy Cooper




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The Chapel Hill Police Department is hosting Be A Responsible Server, or B.A.R.S., training April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. The free training is for employees at bars or restaurants that sell or serve alcohol. It will include education on dealing with selling to underage or intoxicated people, fraudulent identifications and other Alcoholic Beverage Control laws and regulations. The event will also include information for helping bar staff recognize the warning signs of drug-facilitated sexual assault and how to intervene.

The anonymous teacher said that the time he put into work rather than his personal life made him a more dedicated teacher, but he hopes future educators won’t have to make that choice. A bill filed Thursday in the N.C. General Assembly would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s workplace nondiscrimination law — including a requirement for school districts to adopt similar policies, said Chris Sgro, executive director of LGBT advocacy group Equality N.C. Nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers are sponsors of the proposal, though similar bills have been voted down in the legislature during the past few years. “It is breaking barriers. But when you break barriers, sometimes there’s a lot of broken pieces and things that don’t get fixed immediately,” the anonymous teacher said. “And I don’t really consider myself a barrier breaker.” He said his experience with students in recent years makes him hopeful that the stigmas against gay people, particularly in education, are going to end with his generation. “I think kids today tend to be a lot more comfortable with themselves. It’s up to us as adults to catch up with them — and I think in some ways we are.”

he said. Bradley said the new residence hall’s construction was supposed to come around the same time as the closing of other student housing options. “The plan to build this building was connected to the fact that Odum Village will not be used for student housing beyond the next academic year,” he said. Freshman Catie Armstrong said the addition of more super suites on campus would have been a welcome change because of the gap between how many students want them and how few there are. “Also a big draw for super suites was then your dorm becomes the social hub for friends because everyone wants to come for the common area,” she said. “They make these decisions then take them back kind of last minute, which I think is kind of annoying.” The cancellation of the new residence hall construction shouldn’t pose an issue for accommodating students, Bradley said. “We have more empty spaces right now than Odum Village’s total bed capacity is, so we do not anticipate a problem,” he said. Pranikoff is confident the plan isn’t cancelled for good. “It’s a good location. I think it will happen in the future,” he said. “It’s not an ‘if.’ It’s a ‘when.’”

The two said they had been speaking about closing since the beginning of the year. One reason behind this decision is the fact that Smith is originally from London, and his visa expires in July. “I have to go back to London, so we were thinking of different ways — and if we were going to sell the business, find another partner for the business or just close,” he said. Cocca said he had talked about other options, but decided they were too risky. Carlos Tovar, previous store manager, said Cocca and Smith have accomplished great things. “Thrill City might be closing for good, but we all just have to remember that creativity and progression only come from within us,” he said. Thrill City will host its final block party on May 2, where there will be disc jockeys, prizes and its last line of products for sale. Cocca said his next move is to continue work on a Kickstarter campaign for a furniture company called Nugget Comfort, which he said has become his full-time job. It was tough to keep working at Thrill City part time. “Life is changing and we’re moving on to new things — you shouldn’t be complacent,” Cocca said. “We’ve been doing this for a while, and I’m excited about doing something completely different.”

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is attacking me,” he said. “Protecting big corporations that are campaign contributors instead of representing citizens.” It’s been widely speculated that Cooper will run for governor in 2016. Noelle Talley, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Justice, said the office cannot be sure how long it will take for tenants to receive the refunds, since Kelley filed for bankruptcy in Colorado in 2013. “It’s tied up in bankruptcy court, so what our office will be doing next is going to bankruptcy court to try to collect on the judgment,” she said. Talley said Kelley and his firm withheld tenants’ security deposits after their leases ended and did not provide tenants with written records describing the reasons the deposits had been withheld. According to the press release, Kelley also placed tenants’ deposits in personal checking accounts rather than trust funds or insurance bonds as North Carolina law requires. Furthermore, Kelley did not comply with a court order to turn over records identifying the tenants who were owed money. Cooper filed a lawsuit against Kelley in 2013. The tenants are owed refunds ranging from $350 to $1,410 and were identified through complaints to Carolina Student Legal Services and the attorney general’s con-

CITY BRIEFS Rape crisis center hosts cupcake, cocktails event The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is hosting its second annual Cupcakes & Cocktails event Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at City Kitchen. One in a series of events the center has planned in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Cupcakes & Cocktails will include a cupcake contest, cupcake martinis from City Kitchen and all-you-can-eat cupcakes from Sugarland. Tickets are available for $40 until Friday on the center’s website,

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sumer protection division. Tristan Routh, a staff attorney at Student Legal Services, said he was aware of at least 14 complaints filed in that office by UNC students who were tenants of Kelley’s firm. “It’s important to realize that you have rights as a tenant,” he said. Talley said prior tenants of Kelley’s firm not included in the judgment can contact the attorney general’s office if they also had their deposits unreasonably withheld. “It is a common issue, with student renters not always knowing that they’re entitled to get the security deposit back,” she said. Routh said there are a number of ways students can protect themselves from having their security deposits withheld. They include getting a receipt for the deposit, making sure rules for the deposit are outlined in the lease and checking for damage to the property before the lease starts and after it ends. “You should go over it with a fine-toothed comb,” he said.


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