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'Moral Monday' protest against HB2 leads to 11 arrests

Posted May 16
Updated May 17

— "Moral Monday" demonstrators have targeted everything from voting rights to teacher pay to unemployment compensation over the past three years. With House Bill 2 making headlines nationwide in recent weeks, the homegrown legislative protest movement has added the controversial state law to its list of targets.

Opponents of House Bill 2, which prohibits discrimination protections for gay and transgender people, among other provisions, rallied on the mall across the street from the Legislative Building on Monday afternoon. Eleven people were arrested inside the building after 5 p.m. and charged with second-degree trespassing and violation of Legislative Building rules, authorities said. All had been released on bond Monday night.

One of those arrested was Rebekah Barber, 22, of Goldsboro, the daughter of state NAACP President Rev. William Barber.

A similar rally and sit-in was staged on April 25, the first day of the 2016 legislative session, when 54 people were charged with trespassing.

William Barber likened the fight over House Bill 2 to past fights for civil rights in this country. He said he and other "Moral Monday" organizers plan to maintain calls for repealing House Bill 2 through the November general election.

"This is about election year politics, trying to drive the electorate," he said.

At the same time, however, William Barber noted that Republican legislators who passed the law are also likely to maintain the spotlight on House Bill 2 through the fall campaign to use it as a wedge issue. In the meantime, Barber is using the bill to ignite those who oppose it.

"This bill is not about bathrooms. It attacks everybody. It attacks low-wage workers, it attacks women, it attacks children, it hurts children, it hurts families, it hurts the LGBT community," he said.

Lee Churchill, who was in the crowd at Monday's rally, said she does not like everything in House Bill 2, noting it needs some "tweaking", but said she stands behind restrictions on restroom use for transgender people.

"I, as a lady, have to accept gentlemen in the ladies room or in the shower room with me. That's discriminating against me and I don't think that is right," Churchill said. "If you have unisex restrooms added, then everyone is taken care of."

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  • Michael Bawden May 17, 2016
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    Next concert in Texas. Big fan of HB2

  • Xander Bogaerts May 17, 2016
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    Kind of like 'feeling' that you are THE anti-satan? Dude give it a rest

  • Brad Queen May 17, 2016
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    I don't care what you like, it's about self in my world. 'Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law'. I'm about me and what I want, forget your 'morals'. If I want to feel my fem side and get a better look at something good I'm gonna do it. It's legal, that means it's ok.

  • Brad Queen May 17, 2016
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    Trans-Friendly Preschool

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    You and your Xtian values are dinosaurs. We have peeps everywhere and are gonna make your god extinct from the world. We've been putting tg thoughts into your kids and media for years and you're such sheep you just let it happen. We're gonna mix it up in the bathroom too because you hate the idea, just wait and see.

    Lookie here, we plant tg ideas in your preschoolers haha

    Trans-Friendly Preschool
    trans-positive early childhood education environments are necessary. Through simple changes to existing curricula and equipment, teachers, parents, and administrators can create a trans-positive setting

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J367v03n01_03?journalCode=wzge20

  • Brad Queen May 17, 2016
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    Jeebus said 'love your neighbor' right? If you don't let me in the ladies room you don't love me. lol

  • Vern Barnett May 17, 2016
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    Oh yeah. People protesting for love and acceptance for all. Getting arrested BC of basic non violent trespassing.

    Sounds like some real deviants to me.... SMH

  • Xander Bogaerts May 17, 2016
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    Hey Mark, seems the Southern Poverty Law Center has some less than favorable things to say about Harry Jackson:
    https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2015/bishop-harry-jackson

    To be fair, the TG bathroom issue is not apples-to-apples with Black Slavery. I thought that would have been obvious to anyone. The comparison is the fight for equality, and how opponents of civil rights use similar dialogue to try and keep the minority down.

  • Paul Hayeze May 17, 2016
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    SEAN...Do have that same sentiment about Pro-Life people? (Not being snarky, just curious.)

  • Jim Halbert May 17, 2016
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    Implying following laws is the epitome of morality. You must have a poor opinion of the civil rights movement.

  • Xander Bogaerts May 17, 2016
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    less than 4 percent of TG have regrets, read the links below.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-transgender-issues/2016/05/13/eca17dbc-177e-11e6-9e16-2e5a123aac62_story.html

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brynn-tannehill/myths-about-transition-regrets_b_6160626.html

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