Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 22, LGBTQ advocates will hold a “Rally Against Hate” in Raleigh, demanding lawmakers repeal HB2, North Carolina’s outrageous and unprecedented anti-LGBTQ law.
With less than two weeks until the North Carolina legislature adjourns, we must be louder than ever. Leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly have stated that they plan to end this year’s Short Session around June 30, leaving them less than 2 weeks to repeal HB2. Now is our moment to stand united as a community against hate in the Tar Heel State.
Following the horrific massacre of 49 LGBTQ and allied people in Orlando, we are determined now more than ever to come together to defeat the hate and bigotry that motivated the attack, and others like it. Every time we see legislation that puts a target on the back of LGBTQ people -- legislation like HB2 -- it sends a signal that LGBTQ people should be treated differently – and worse. If lawmakers adjourn the legislative session without undoing the incredibly dangerous and hateful environment they have created in the state, they will remain complicit in any threats or violence targeting LGBTQ people in North Carolina made in the wake of HB2’s passage.
HB2 has eliminated existing municipal non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people and prevents such protections from being passed by cities in the future. In addition, the legislation prevents transgender students in public schools from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity. It also compels the same type of discrimination against transgender people to take place in publicly-owned buildings, including in public universities, major airports, and convention centers. Further, HB2 revokes the ability to sue under state employment non-discrimination law on the basis of any protected characteristic, including race, religion, national origin, and sex.
As we honor the lives of those we tragically lost, let us fight back against hate and discrimination. Join HRC, EqualityNC and TurnOUT! North Carolinatomorrow and RSVP today so we know you will stand with us.
TurnOUT! NC, a coalition of HRC, EqualiyNC, the ACLU and the Campaign for Southern Equality, is working to mobilize thousands of North Carolinians for the full repeal of HB2. TurnOUT! NC has field organizers based in Asheville, Charlotte and the Triangle area. Additionally, HRC staff are on the ground working with coalition partners across the Tar Heel State. There are daily opportunities to volunteer with weekly phone banks and weekend door-to-door opportunities.
If you live in North Carolina and want to join the efforts to repeal HB2, RSVP for upcoming phonebanks and volunteer opportunities. For more information about our work in North Carolina, contact HRC Associate Regional Field Director Ryan Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org