Gold Leaf Design Group Supports LGBT Nonprofit With Market Donation

The action is in response to North Carolina’s controversial HB 2
April 7, 2016Andrea Lillo

Gold Leaf and Equality NC logosHIGH POINT, N.C.—Gold Leaf Design Group has pledged to donate 1 percent of its High Point Market sales to Equality NC, a local LGBT advocacy organization.

The donation is in response to the controversial Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (also known as House Bill 2 or HB 2), recently signed into law in North Carolina.

“We are deeply concerned by this law and its implications,” said Darren DeMatoff, a principal at Gold Leaf. “It is an unfair attack on employment, education, and local governance that encourages discrimination and is particularly demeaning towards transgender men and women.” The law bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificates, and prevents municipalities from passing their own antidiscrimination policies.

Gold Leaf chose to sponsor Equality NC over larger national organizations because of its local focus. “One of our core values at Gold Leaf is to support and enrich the lives of our community,” said DeMatoff. “Equality NC has been a tireless advocate in the state and as a small organization ourselves, we appreciate the big effects dedicated and enthusiastic people can accomplish.”

DeMatoff added, “High Point is one of our most important markets. By being visible and speaking out, we can help address this issue. We hope other companies at the market support Equality NC or other groups challenging this unjust law.“

To join or coordinate with Gold Leaf Design Group’s effort, contact DeMatoff at or support Equality NC directly by contacting Benedict Graumann, development director at

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Senior Editor

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.


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