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LGBT community members 'Rally Against Hate' in Raleigh

Posted June 22, 2016
Updated June 23, 2016

— A “Rally Against Hate” took place Wednesday night in downtown Raleigh.

Some members of the LGBT community, including Equality NC and TurnOUT NC, organized the event, saying they were inspired by the recent violence in Orlando, Fla.

Advocates said after the massacre of 49 people in an Orlando gay nightclub, they are determined now more than ever to come together to defeat hate and bigotry. Rep. Chris Sgro, D-Guliford, currently the only openly gay member of the General Assembly, said the rally was partly to commemorate the loss in Orlando but should also serve as a reminder.

"To remember that terrible legislation like HB2 and the terrible rhetoric that led up to HB2 puts gay and transgender North Carolinians and Americans in direct risk for harm and violence," he said.

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House Bill 2 requires people to use public bathrooms that match their birth gender and excludes gay and transgender people from discrimination protections. Event organizers said the law puts a target on the backs of those in the LGBT community. They are asking lawmakers to undo the legislation by the end of the current session.

“You must repeal House Bill 2 and you must do it before our short session ends. We cannot afford in North Carolina to allow hate, discrimination and laws to stay on the books long enough to see Orlando happen in our communities,” said Candis Cox, a transgender woman who previously met with Gov. Pat McCrory to discus House Bill 2.


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  • Scooter Barrette Jun 23, 2016
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    Well, it's good then that this march isn't a response to you two, then. It's a response to the gunman who killed 50 LGBT individuals because he hated them (at least at that moment). Why you take these sort of marches personally, no one will ever know. But I do know that saying an entire group of people believes it's "all about them" is the first step to letting that happen again.

  • Amy Whaley Jun 23, 2016
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    Well said. This is what happens when we have the mentality of "it's all about me!"

  • Demute Sainte Jun 22, 2016
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    Our society has accepted two HUGE lies. First, if a person disagrees with someones lifestyle choice, that person must somehow fear or hate them. Second, that if you love someone, you must agree with everything they do or believe in. Both are total nonsense.

    The exercising of free speech, the civil exchange of ideas, and civil discourse are lost in the lies of political correctness and one sided tolerance.

    Personally I dont hate anyone. I may hate what they do. I may disagree with what they believe, and I may be confounded by their illogical approaches to current social issues... but I dont Hate ANYONE.

    And as a voting taxpaying member of society, I do in fact have the right to express my opinion of which behaviors are being adopted into the society in which me and my family live. I will not be intimidated nor will name calling and labels stop me for my endeavor. And I will vote according to my values and support those that align with them.