Join HRC and LGBTQ advocates on Wednesday, June 22 for a "Rally Against Hate" in Raleigh to demand lawmakers repeal HB2, North Carolina’s outrageous and unprecedented anti-LGBTQ law.
On March 23, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law HB2 - an outrageous and unprecedented anti-LGBTQ law that eliminated existing municipal non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people and living wage ordinances and prevents such protections from being passed by cities in the future. The legislation also forces transgender students in public schools to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity, putting 4.5 billion dollars in federal education funding alone at risk, and it compels the same type of discrimination against transgender people to take place in publicly-owned buildings, including in public universities, convention centers, and airports. Further, it gutted the existing ability of people who have been discriminated against - including on the basis of race, religion, and sex - to sue in state court, undermining critical discrimination protections for all.
HRC has welcomed news that UNC will not be enforcing HB2, and continues to work for the full repeal of the bill.
PayPal announced that the company will seek an alternative location for its new "global operations center," and Deutsche Bank has also cancelled expansion plans to its operations in Cary. Should the law not be repealed, the state could lose more. TV and film production companies have stated that they will not film in NC unless HB2 is repealed. The NBA, who is set to host their All-Star Game in Charlotte next year, has made clear that they have not ruled out moving the game. More than 200 leading CEOs and business leaders from across the country have signed onto an open letter calling on Gov. McCrory and the N.C. General Assembly to repeal radical provisions on the state's new law. Read more about those companies standing up for discrimination here.
Many entertainers have stood with HRC in opposition to this vile bill. Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and LGBTQ equality advocate Cyndi Lauper met with LGBTQ youth at the LGBT Center of Raleigh to learn more about their lives, the challenges they face, and the damaging impact of HB2. Sir Elton John condemned the bill and has spoken out against the Governor’s ignorance surrounding transgender issues. Jackson Browne donated proceeds from his concerts in the state to the fight for equality. Prominent musicians have cancelled shows in North Carolina in protest such as Maroon 5, Bruce Springsteen, and Ringo Starr.
On May 4, the U.S. Department of Justice determined that HB 2 violates federal civil rights laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, and gave state officials until Monday, May 9 to address the situation "by confirming that the Senate will not comply with or implement HB2."
On May 9, Gov. McCrory filed a lawsuit defending his deeply discriminatory HB2. However, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Gov. McCrory, N.C.'s Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Send a message thanking Attorney General Lynch for her unwavering support for equality in the Tar Heel State.
Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBTQ equality in North Carolina alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. Find out more about what HRC is doing for LGBTQ equality in North Carolina and how you can get involved with the North Carolina local community.
The existing patchwork of legal protections for LGBTQ people in the United States leaves millions subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination. That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is working with lawmakers and advocates to pass the Equality Act in Congress, as well as strong non-discrimination protections at the state and local levels.