Cary, NC– Candis Cox, a national leader in LGBTQ advocacy, announced her endorsement of Wiley Nickel for State Senate in the newly created 16th District which will represent Cary, Morrisville & Northwest Raleigh.
“I’m a transgender woman of color and I reside in our beautiful City of Raleigh. I understand how hard it can be for someone who is so proud to call themselves a North Carolinian and to feel as though no one is fighting for your rights, but there are people who are willing to support our rights and we must support them. People like Wiley who are running for the State Senate.
Wiley gets it; he understands that my life matters, he understands that black lives matter. He may not be able to empathize with all the things I go through as a transgender woman, but he wants to hear my voice, he wants to know how he can make my life better and all LBGTQ people’s lives better. He is someone who cares, genuinely, about his neighbors and he understands the importance of voices being heard. That is why I proudly and enthusiastically support Wiley Nickel in the 16th District for the North Carolina State Senate.”-Candis Cox
Wiley Nickel responding to the endorsement, “I’m proud to have the support of Candis Cox and look forward to advancing a true progressive agenda for North Carolina when I’m elected to the State Senate,” Nickel said. “We need a full repeal of HB2. HB142 was not a repeal of HB2 and simply replaces one discriminatory, anti-transgender bathroom bill with another.” HB142 bans local LGBTQ non-discrimination protections statewide through 2020, and it substitutes the previous anti-transgender bathroom provisions of HB2 with a new provision that forbids state agencies, public universities, primary and secondary schools and cities from adopting policies ensuring transgender people have access to restrooms consistent with their gender identity.
Meet Candis: Candis Cox is a Gender and Sexuality educator, lecturer, and advocate for the LGBTQ community in Raleigh NC, where she lives with her husband, and throughout the country. Originally from Syracuse NY, she relocated to Raleigh to attend NC State University where she obtained a BA in Sociology. Originally scheduled to attend Campbell law school, she instead chose to focus on becoming her authentic self, completing her gender transition in 2003.
Until early 2016, she worked as a customer experience representative and compliance resolution officer with American Airlines. Since 2008 she has been a guest lecturer for the NC community college system and UNC college system, working to help educate students and staff on transgender, women’s, LGBTQ and minority issues in society and the workplace. Since 2012 Candis has expanded her lectures to include numerous business and health care agencies to further increase visibility, understanding, and support for the LGBTQ community. Candis has worked with several non-profit organizations, raising money and support for LGBTQ support organizations and HIV/AIDS treatment and research groups.
Currently, Candis serves on the Board of Directors for EqualityNC, works with HRC (Human Rights Campaign), and works by speaking at events, businesses, schools, and other organizations to educate on Gender and Sexuality. Candis has been featured in a number of news specials, has been interviewed by news networks across the globe, and is, to date, the only transgender person to have met with Governor Pat McCrory to discuss his anti-LGBT “bathroom bill” H.B.2. Candis also made history by being the first transgender woman to walk the final look in a fashion show when she walked the runway in the NCFA Style Week fashion show in Charlotte, NC wearing a custom dress designed by Tumbler and Tipsy’s Michael Kuluva. The dress was designed to represent the transgender flag with alternating white, pink, white, blue on the skirt, and Equality with the yellow bodice.