Mar 31, 2016 - Things to Do

I love the LGBT community and I support House Bill 2

I have family and friends in the LGBT community and I love them.

But the Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance would have failed to create unity, respect, harmony and inclusion for the LGBT community. Furthermore, it would set the transgender community up for false hope and the risk of being sexually assaulted by any one of the thousands of sex offenders in and around Charlotte.

House Bill 2, signed into law last week, has set up for the first time in state history statewide anti-discrimination laws tougher than the federal government’s. HB2 also protects the right to safety and privacy of all North Carolinians, including the transgender children of NC. HB2 gives private business owners the freedom to implement nondiscrimination ordinances and transgender accommodations.

Charlotte is a beautiful city because of its diversity. There are many different world-views and world religions that are operating together in a peaceful manner. There is strength in diversity. True equality means that all people groups are free to express their beliefs without fear of being silenced or punished.

To date, the American Civil Liberties Union has not filed a single lawsuit in Charlotte alleging that an individual or organization has discriminated against the LGBT community. This means that both Charlotte residents and Charlotte businesses are doing a good job overall of conducting themselves in a manner that supports the LGBT community.

Therefore, why would the NBA, American Airlines, Lowes, Duke Power and so many other organizations seek to punish the residents and business in Charlotte who are doing a good job of NOT discriminating against the LGBT community?

HB2 empowers private individuals, corporations, restaurants, stores and private sporting facilities with the ability to create their own nondiscrimination policies and to allow attendees to use the restroom of their choice. For instance, if a privately owned sporting facility wants to allow attendees of sporting events to use the restroom of their choice, or install unisex bathrooms, they can. The law neither requires nor prohibits them from doing so.

Every women and child in the state of North Carolina has the right to safety and privacy. Taking a transgender person who is still anatomically a girl and encouraging her to use the men’s restroom simply because she identifies more with boys, sets her up with a false hope that she will feel accepted and places her in closer proximately to a registered sex offender.

HB2 protects the right to privacy and safety of the transgender community and all women and children in North Carolina. HB2 allows public accommodations the freedom to install unisex bathrooms and allows for any individual who has undergone a sex change to change their birth certificate for access to a restroom that corresponds with their anatomical sex.

N.C. law prohibits bullying and harassing behavior against children on the basis of sexual identity. N.C. law also prohibits discrimination based on disability.

Thank you Governor McCrory and the General Assembly for passing HB2 as 70% of North Carolinians and 360 business owners approve.

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