Governmental homophobia in North Carolina, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

The Wilmington 10: North Carolina Urged to Pardon Civil Rights Activists Falsely Jailed 40 Years Ago

28 December 2012

As the new year approaches, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue is being urged to pardon a group of civil rights activists who were falsely convicted and imprisoned 40 years ago for the firebombing of a white-owned grocery store. Their conviction was overturned in 1980, but the state has never pardoned them.

We’re joined by one of “The Wilmington Ten,” longtime civil rights activist Benjamin Chavis, who served eight years behind bars before later becoming head of the NAACP. We also speak to James Ferguson, a lead defense attorney for The Wilmington Ten; and to Cash Michaels, coordinator for The Wilmington Ten Pardons of Innocence Project and a reporter for the Wilmington Journal where he has been covering the activists’ case.

By Mollie Reilly, Deputy Politics Editor, The Huffington Post in the USA today:

North Carolina Governor Signs Bill Banning Cities From Protecting LGBT People (UPDATE)

“This is a direct affront to equality, civil rights, and local autonomy.”

03/23/2016 03:21 pm ET

North Carolina’s General Assembly voted Wednesday to block cities and counties from passing protections against LGBT discrimination in a wide-ranging bill that could have enormous implications for the state.

HB 2, which passed in a special session, would set a statewide anti-discrimination policy, banning employers and businesses from discriminating against employees or customers based on their race, color, country of origin, religion, age or “biological sex.” The bill offers no protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and prevents local governments from passing any nondiscrimination policy that goes beyond the statewide standard.

The bill also pre-empts local employment ordinances governing wages, benefits, employee protections and leave policies. It would prevent schools from allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

The measure passed 83-25 in the House of Representatives, and 32-0 in the state Senate. (Senate Democrats walked out of the chamber before the vote.)

Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said he signed the bill Wednesday night.

“This bill essentially repeals 50 years of non-discrimination efforts and gives lawmakers in Raleigh unprecedented control over our city and local governments,” Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue said in a statement. “North Carolina Republicans want to pass what would potentially be the single most discriminatory act in the country. This is a direct affront to equality, civil rights, and local autonomy.”

Republican lawmakers called the state’s General Assembly into a special session with the goal of blocking Charlotte’s anti-discrimination measure from going into effect. That measure, which passed last month in a 7-4 vote, bans businesses from discriminating against customers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. …

Arkansas and Tennessee have laws preventing cities from enacting protections for LGBT people. However, North Carolina’s bill is unprecedented in its scope.

In addition to blocking anti-discrimination protections across the state and imposing standards for single-sex bathrooms, the bill also prevents cities and counties from raising the minimum wage.

The bill would also end anti-discrimination protections for veterans. At least two North Carolina jurisdictions — Greensboro and Orange County — have anti-discrimination ordinances in place banning bias based on military or veteran status. Under the new measure, cities and counties would be prohibited from passing protections for veterans or service members.

Stephen Peters, the Human Rights Campaign’s national press secretary and a Marine Corps veteran, criticized this consequence of the bill.

“Thousands of LGBT veterans have fought to secure our freedom, only to have the rug pulled out from under them by the North Carolina legislature’s willingness to wipe protections for local veterans off the books,” he said in a statement. “Gov. McCrory must take a stand for fairness and equality for all and veto any bill that would increase the risk of discrimination.”

During debate, state Rep. Grier Martin (D) introduced an amendment that would add protections for veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity to the bill. Rep. Paul Stam (R), a veteran, argued he doesn’t think it’s necessary to protect veterans from discrimination — despite reports to the contrary. The assembly voted to table the amendment.

HB 2 drew immediate rebuke from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper (D), who is challenging McCrory in the fall.

“North Carolina is better than this,” Cooper said in a video statement. “Discrimination is wrong, period. That North Carolina is putting discrimination into the law is shameful.”

14 thoughts on “Governmental homophobia in North Carolina, USA

  1. Last week, North Carolina fast-tracked and passed one of the worst anti-LGBTQ laws in the country, stripping every local law that protects the LGBTQ community from discrimination. They falsely claim the law will protect women, but it criminalizes LGBTQ women.1

    There was immediate backlash against North Carolina’s governor, with big companies threatening to pull business out. Even the National Basketball Association (NBA) released a statement saying it may move its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC.2

    This would be huge: The NBA canceling a major event in the state sends a strong message to politicians considering similar measures and pressures North Carolina to repeal the law. Dozens of major companies are already condemning the bill, but the NBA could do more than speak out–it could actually pack up and leave.3 The NBA is on the verge of doing the right thing, and if we speak up now it’ll be enough to push them to move. Can you sign and share the petition?

    Tell the NBA: Stand against hate. Pull the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina.
    Sign the petition

    The law mandates that the state can override local laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination around wages, employment, and public services. North Carolina lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory are even claiming that the law is intended to “protect” women, when in reality it criminalizes trans women, lesbian women, bisexual women and other LGBTQ people for using public spaces, including restrooms.4

    But now, North Carolina lawmakers are on the defense. They care about the state’s standing with businesses and can’t afford to have big names like the NBA criticize and pull money out of the state. If thousands of us let the NBA know that we won’t stand for hate, they’ll have to go through with pulling the game out of North Carolina.

    Tell the NBA: Pull the game out of North Carolina.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Clarise, Anathea, Audine, Ryan, Shannon, Megan, Kaytee, and Libby, the UltraViolet team


    1. North Carolina Enacts Law To Allow LGBT Discrimination, BuzzFeed, March 23, 2016

    2. NBA questions 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte after new North Carolina discrimination law, NBC Sports, March 24, 2016

    3. American Airlines, Apple, NBA denounce NC law ending LGBT protections, Charlotte Observer, March 24, 2016

    4. North Carolina Enacts Law To Allow LGBT Discrimination, BuzzFeed, March 23, 2016


  2. Imagine being attacked by your own state government because of who you are and who you love.

    This is the reality that LGBTQ people are facing in North Carolina — along with places like Indiana and Missouri. It’s horrifying. It’s maddening. It’s wrong.

    North Carolina Republicans, led by their Governor Pat McCrory, are indulging the worst impulses of their party by creating a law that eliminates anti-discrimination protection for LGBTQ people. The law will even make it almost impossible for transgender people to use public restrooms safely.

    I don’t want to think about what could happen if this kind of bigotry, hate, and idiocy spread across the country — on the coattails of people like Donald Trump. It’s contrary to what we’re fighting for in Washington: inclusion, compassion, and strength through diversity.

    I know you stand for these values, too. So while North Carolina’s Republicans promote discrimination, I’m asking you to stand on the side of love and kindness. That’s why I’m joining with leaders from across the country to condemn these hateful policies. Now I’m asking you to join us and commit today to keeping Washington hate-free.

    Sign on today to stop the hate and support Washington’s dedication to protecting every single resident — and our inclusive, progressive values.

    As long as I am governor, Washington will be a place that embraces equality, not undermines it. Thank you for standing with me and for Washington values.

    Very truly yours,

    Jay Inslee


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