Since March, HRC has been on the ground in North Carolina, fighting the discriminatory anti-LGBT law, HB2. With all that’s going on between lawsuits and legislative repeal efforts and with the mountains of opposition that is growing from businesses to sporting events, there are several ways to get involved.
There are five easy things that North Carolinians can do to be a part of the work of TurnOUT! North Carolina (NC), a coalition of HRC, Equality North Carolina, the ACLU and the Campaign for Southern Equality.
1. Volunteer to help us build a movement across NC
TurnOUT! NC is working to mobilize thousands of North Carolinians to speak out for the full repeal of HB2 and we need hundreds of volunteers to help us make phone calls, collect petitions, and other activities critical to repealing and replacing HB2. RSVP for upcoming phonebanks and volunteer opportunities.
2.Send a message to North Carolina’s elected officials
From Governor Pat McCrory to House Speaker Tim Moore to Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger to each individual state representative and senator, North Carolina’s elected officials need constant and personal reminders about the damage that HB2 is causing to the state. Even if you’ve contacted them before, take time now to send them a strong message to repeal HB2.
3. Attend a Day of Advocacy in Raleigh for a chance to meet with legislators
Just this week Equality NC hosted a Day of Advocacy.TurnOUT! NC will be hosting another Day of Advocacy for Transgender North Carolinians, Families & Friends For Repeal of HB2 on Wednesday, May 25. North Carolina residents can sign-up here to attend.
4. Recruit friends to help join the cause
There are several way you can recruit your friends, family and community to join the cause. For example, share this blog post on Facebook and Twitter, send it to friends via text or email or talk about the harms of HB2 with coworkers or classmates. Your help spreading the word will be critical to broadening our efforts statewide.
5. Don’t live in North Carolina? You can still take action
Click here to take action with HRC today by sending a message to Governor McCrory and leaders in the North Carolina state legislature — tell them to repeal this hateful law immediately.
TurnOUT! NC has field organizers based in Asheville, Charlotte and the Triangle area and HRC has staff on the ground working with coalition partners across the Tar Heel State. There are daily opportunities to volunteer with weekly phonebanks and weekend canvassing opportunities. For more information about our work in North Carolina, contact HRC Senior Regional Field Organizer Ryan Wilson at Ryan.Wilson@hrc.org