Despite the damp weather Saturday, crowds gathered for the kickoff event of a new equality group.
Cape Fear Equality, a branch of Equality, NC of Raleigh, celebrated their launch at St. Jude Metropolitan Church in Wilmington.
"We look forward to just working with the community, having all sorts of different service projects and not only working with LGBT organizations but working with the whole Cape Fear Region as a whole," said Ryan Burris, Chair of Cape Fear Equality.
Burris said the goal of Cape Fear Equality is to serve as an umbrella organization for different LGBT groups in the area.
A number of local politicians spoke about the importance of equal rights and encouraged those in attendance to make their voices heard come election season.
Crystal Moore served as special guest speaker at the event.
Moore said she recently lost her job as a police chief in South Carolina when the town mayor found out she was a lesbian.
"Due to what I've been through the last two and a half months, my life has been just a constant whirlwind and I know that God has a plan and I think that is part of the plan to be here to go to the places to do the interviews and share my story," said Moore.
Moore was re-instated as police chief in her town of Latta, South Carolina Friday night.
She has done numerous interviews with national media outlets about her experience.
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