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HB2 opponents gather to get governor's ear

Posted April 2

— About 200 people gathered outside the North Carolina Governor's Mansion Saturday afternoon, the latest in a series of protests against a new statewide anti-discrimination law that fails to protect people based on sexual preference or gender identity.

"Pat McCrory, are you listening," they chanted, "We want better."

They are concerned that a law that requires that transgender people to use the restroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate creates more confusion than it solves.

Georgia Springer says it leaves transgender people like her son unprotected.

"There are transmen and women and nonbinaries (those who don't identify as either male or female) that are being forced into bathrooms that align with their biological gender making them and the people around them more uncomfortable," she said.

Karli Rabi lives as a woman but has no immediate plans for a surgical transition. She says the law will not keep her out of the ladies' room. 

"I really don't care about the law. I'm going to do what I feel I must do," she said. "It's just the way I am. At my age, it's like, what are they going to do to me? I've been through so much already."

Levi Lusk is a 16-year-old transgender male. He was born a girl but now identifies and lives as a boy. He said he got special permission to use the boys' room at school.

"I'm actually allowed to use a single stall (in the) men's room, but I had to be granter special permission," he said.

Lusk attended Saturday's protest on behalf of other people who don't have that opportunity.

"We want to be able to have our families live peacefully and our children go to school and not have anxiety and difficulties," Springer said.

Supporters of the law say it is more about safety – for women and children in restrooms – than discrimination. Some of those supporters gathered in the same spot earlier in the week to urge McCrory and lawmakers to stand their ground against pressure to repeal the law.

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  • Mary Molina Apr 11, 2:57 p.m.
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    Hidden below the sensationalized "bathroom bill", HB2 additionally takes away the ability of all NC citizens, not just LGBT, to file employment discrimination suits in NC state courts. Going to Federal Court to file an employment discrimination lawsuit can take years and we will not be able to recover losses for pain/suffering caused by the discrimination.

    It takes away the ability for all NC cities and counties to pass any ordinances pertaining to wages, hours, working conditions, and the safety of children in the workplace. HB2 takes [u]away the ability of cities and counties to raise the minimum wage. The current minimum wage in North Carolina is $7.25 per hour; other states are currently raising their citizen's minimum wage to $15.00. With HB2, we will be stuck at the unlivable $7.25, period.

    Beyond the bigotry of HB2, NC citizens need to understand how we are all affected in the workplace, with our wages, and with additional employment protections...ALL OF

  • Clarence Hill Apr 7, 9:57 p.m.
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    WRONG, wrong. Log in on "U.S. Supreme Court and Ten Commandments and U.S. Constitution. One of our founding Fathers even said, "America was founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ". Read until your heart is content.

  • Clarence Hill Apr 7, 9:46 p.m.
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    LGBT people have NOI clear understanding of themselves. That's the reason for all their clamor and noise. If the LGBT folks don't understand themselves--how do you expect me and the rest of the NC voters to understand them? So, please use the proper public restrooms/showers and everything will be all rigght.

  • Tripp Weiland Apr 7, 2:13 p.m.
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    Wrong again! America was not founded on Christian/ Jewish faith. Educate yourself. This country is a secular nation from day one.
    https://www.au.org/resources/publications/is-america-a-christian-nation

  • Tripp Weiland Apr 7, 2:09 p.m.
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    You must be kidding. Every comment you post, you are trying to push your religion on others. Applying the christian filter through which you view the world to those you determine to be "sinners" is forcing your views on them.
    Step out of your self righteousness for just a moment. Imagine that you are an athiest. No go back and read all your posts. Not one thing you have said means a thing to an athiest.

  • Tripp Weiland Apr 7, 2:00 p.m.
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    His job does not require him to defend a law that is unconstitutional. I know it must be tough for republicans to understand that an elected official is not REQUIRED to waste taxpayer money.

  • Tripp Weiland Apr 7, 1:57 p.m.
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    Clarence, you do realize that not everyone believes in God right? For those people your comment is completely irrelevant. Those that do believe in God know that your judgement of LGBT people is not what God would espouse. In you posting your judgement of LGBT people you show with crystal clarity that you don't understand anything about LGBT people.

  • Melvin Denis Apr 6, 6:11 a.m.
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    Where is the history of all the bathroom attacks that the bill is trying to protect us from? I have never read of a single problem or person arrested and convicted so it can't be much of a problem. What do you think is going to happen to a person trans gendered to a woman when she goes into a restroom with a bunch of wild teenage boys? You can have all the laws in the world, but people are going to use the bathroom of their choice.

  • Dan Wilder Apr 5, 8:05 a.m.
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    It doesn't really matter how you feel...you don't go into the shower with the girls if you have a penis...period...the fact that you identify with your feminine side doesn't really have anything to do with it. If you identify as a man but still have a vagina, I do not want you in the shower / locker room with me, pretty simple really. what you do in your bedroom is your business, but what you do in public is everyone's business. You people are so worried about you own comfort but don't seem to care about how uncomfortable you might be making others. You must also acknowledge that while you as a transgender may have no evil intent, there will be those that use this as an opportunity to freely spy on the ladies. How will ladies know for certain just by simple observation if a person is really transgender or just pretending to be so they can spy on them? the whole bathroom / locker room aspect of this just seems burdensome on the public for the sake of a few societal oddballs.

  • Charlie Watkins Apr 5, 6:21 a.m.
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    Sure has taken the country a long time to realize that men want to go in the women's bathroom. I knew about it back in high school as the young lads often thought of going in with the gals.

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