TurnOUT! North Carolina, a coalition of HRC, Equality North Carolina, the ACLU and the Campaign for Southern Equality, recently wrapped up weeks of town halls in cities across the state with advocates dedicated to repealing the deeply discriminatory House Bill 2 (HB2). From Charlotte to Greenville to Raleigh to Greensboro, hundreds of fair-minded people from all walks of life came to learn more about what they could do, share their stories on how the bill has affected them and their families, and provide suggestions for the path forward.
Each town hall had powerful moments. In Raleigh, for example, Hope Tyler spoke emotionally about how her 15-year-old transgender son who had, up until the debate over HB2 broke out, lived as a well adjusted young teenager. She talked about how as he saw this horrible bill pass he became depressed, questioning himself, and whether his community really wanted him. It is stories like this that show how much this awful bill has affected North Carolinians on a deeply personal level.
At the town halls, we also heard a strong and diverse range of support from the faith community. Faith leaders from the Muslim, Baptist, Protestant, and Unitarian communities all spoke out forcefully about the need to repeal HB2.
There is a lot of work to do in North Carolina, but it is clear from the hundreds who came out across the state that we must #RepealHB2.
HRC has field organizers based in Charlotte and the Triangle area working with our coalition partners across North Carolina.
For more information about how to join the efforts to Repeal HB2, contact HRC Associate Regional Field Director Ryan Rowe at Ryan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above: Charlotte Town Hall
Above: HRC Regional Field Organizer Hope Jackson
Above: Reverend Debs Greenville, United Church of Christ North Carolina
Above: Joni Madison, HRC COO
Above: Imam Abdullah Antepli
Above: Bishop Rawls and Chad Griffin