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Rep. Deb Butler to receive LGBTQ leadership award

State Rep. Deb Butler (D-Brunswick) will be awarded the 2019 Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award, the Victory Institute announced this week.

Rep. Deb Butler

The international award recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender elected officials whose political career advances equality for LGBTQ people, according to the institute.

Butler will share the award with former Peruvian Congressman Alberto de Belaunde. Balaunde served in the Peruvian Congress until its president dissolved Parliament in late September.

Butler will be presented with the award at the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. next month.

Nominees for the award included LGBTQ elected officials from Maryland, Colorado, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin.

The Victory Institute cited Butler’s dramatic opposition to last month’s surprise veto override vote on the budget in the N.C. House.

“As the Democratic Whip of the North Carolina House, Deb Butler is a warrior for North Carolina’s LGBTQ community,” the institute wrote of Butler. “Under the rallying cry of ‘I Will Not Yield,; Butler recently derided Republicans’ underhanded voting tactics, even resisting arrest to pursue justice. During her time in the House, she has fought for causes ranging from fair districts to common sense gun reform.”

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