Chapel Hill Council calls for repeal of HB2

Posted March 28, 2016

The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously passed a resolution in a special meeting Monday night calling for the repeal of the state’s new anti-discrimination measure and supporting the rights of the LGBT people.

House Bill 2, which was a measure designed to overturn Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance, was approved by the General Assembly in special session Wednesday and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory twelve hours later.

Chapel Hill town leaders said the omission of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression from the protected classes defined in the bill makes protection from discrimination unavailable to members of the LGBT community. The said the bill also diminishes the legislative authority of local governments to craft their own anti-discrimination laws.

“The legislation demonstrates a lack of knowledge and understanding of the experiences of transgender people; a lack of respect for the dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people; and a discriminatory intent and a desire to use such intent for political gain on the part of the General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory,” the resolution read, in part.

The approved resolution commended the members of the Charlotte City Council and Orange County Board of Commissioners for the passage of their local nondiscrimination ordinances and urged the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal House Bill 2 “at the earliest opportunity.”

The resolution also encouraged Chapel Hill businesses to provide a welcoming environment for LGBT people.

“The Town Council encourages all businesses providing public accommodations in Chapel Hill and throughout North Carolina to demonstrate their support for the dignity of all people by openly welcoming LGBT people to their places of business and by providing gender-nonspecific bathroom facilities for their customers and employees wherever practicable,” the resolution stated.

A separate resolution passed by the Town Council Monday night said that legislators who voted for House Bill 2 should be held accountable and condemned the actions “of the governor who signed this hateful bill and the actions of all the legislators who have voted for this hateful bill.”

Prior to the passage of the resolutions, Anndal Narayanan, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate student, told the council Monday night what House Bill 2 means to him in his day to day life.

"This bill makes me feel very insecure on a personal level," Narayanan said. "I have to choose between breaking the law or using the restroom."

One man, who did not want to give his name, said he takes issue with how the legislation seems to walk over local government.

"You, the town, given your sovereign authority by the consent of the governed are allowed to spend your money however you see fit," he said. "I am a gay Republican and this bill is contrary to my conservative values."

In an interview earlier Monday, McCrory said complaints about the bill are overblown.

"My message is the same as it has been. We have not taken away any rights that existed in any city in North Carolina," McCrory said.

The Governor said he will continue to make that case.

'I've had very positive conversations with many, many different parties who, once they get the facts, they go 'we understand'," he said.

The opposition to House Bill 2 will be visible on the streets of Chapel Hill Tuesday, when nearly a dozen rainbow flags will be placed on poles along Franklin Street at the request of the mayor.

Chapel Hill is not the only local town considering a resolution to stand against House Bill 2. Monday night, the Winston-Salem City Council voted to entertain a resolution at an upcoming council meeting to "examine the legal and moral authority" of the bill. The town of Carrboro passed a similar resolution last week.


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  • Dan Wilder Mar 30, 2016
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    HAHA! Well you people can argue about this if you want to...I think I'll head on over to the gym and hang out in the women's shower room ..get an eye full....if they say anything I'll just tell them that I'm just a lesbian trapped in a mans body...see ya...I mean yea... I really will see ya! hehehe!

  • Jacob Smirnov Mar 29, 2016
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    "Chapel Hill town leaders said the omission of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression from the protected classes "

    Gender Expression?

    J. Edgar Hoover was born about 70 years too late. Both Hoover's ruthless antics and his cross dressing would fit right in with this crowd.

  • Carl Keehn Mar 29, 2016
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    What the GA did was create a bill that denied local and county agencies the opportunity to establish a living wage for their local area. The GA denied local and county agencies the right to establish fair housing and accommodation guidelines that are appropriate for their local area.

    Even worse, the GA removed the right of the individual to seek redress for wrongs committed against them in State Courts. The only venue for redress is forced to the Federal Court system.

    That's what the GA and HB2 did.

  • James Henderson Mar 29, 2016
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    So, David, do you actually have something to say about this article, or are you just here to make childish comments about others? BTW, how brave you must be to insult others from the safety of your computer!

  • Malakai Bluebone Mar 29, 2016
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    I feel sorry for the first man to walk in the lady's restroom while my wife and daughter are in there just because he "feels like a woman".

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    What the GA did was create a bill that allowed people to use the gender specific rooms of their gender without the presence of opposite genders legally allowed to go into them with just the excuse of "I identify as a so and so" regardless of why they are actually there. You could know for a fact that they are watching you, but as long as they say that there is nothing you can do but accept it. Does that sound right to you?

  • Max Smirenny Mar 29, 2016
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    CLEARLY you have never been to a gym.... or a public school for gym class... or after.

  • Terry Lightfoot Mar 29, 2016
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    You are right Chapel Hill, State overreach bigtime. Wish you would pass now your own non- discrimination law that would negate HB2...and take it to court

  • Arron Lee Mar 29, 2016
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    How far are people going to go? What will be the next group to claim they have special rights that never existed before. Yes, the right to use whatever restroom you want didn't exist a year ago, didn't exist even a few months ago.

    The rights of the LGBT shall not infringe upon my rights of privacy and safety. Got it!!!!

  • Fanny Chmelar Mar 29, 2016
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    Interestingly, someone without a comment on the actual topic and who it simply intimidating and belittling someone uses the word 'coward'.

    It's unfortunate that you're so irritated by my approach, but I won't censor myself for your sake alone.

    This bill is awful and harks back to Jim Crow laws and the days of people wearing white hooded robes. Do you want to discuss the topic, or just make more personal attacks? Take your pick... contribute to a conversation or harass strangers on message boards. It's a free country despite the limitations on NC liberties that came with this law, so choose away!

  • Sam Nada Mar 29, 2016
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    Just another Donald Trump style irrational debater. When you can't discuss the facts attack the messenger. Is that what passes for clever in your book?

    McCrory rushed to sign a bad law and is now lying to defend it in the face of legitimate and reasoned criticism. "Nothing changed". Well then so the NCGA called a special session, rushed a law through, that was immediately and thoughtlessly signed by the Governor, in order to accomplish nothing? It's simply another example of the right pretending to be righteous while doing exactly the opposite, and "solving" a problem that didn't exist by creating a much worse problem. Fortunately Roy Cooper won't waste his time trying to defend the indefensible, and hopefully it will be quickly overturned. Another unfortunate, embarrassing, destructive adventure by the GOP.