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HB2 makes me feel less welcome, but the fight against it gives me hope

Six years ago, I moved to North Carolina to accept a one-year teaching position at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro. My wife, also named Angela, and I, had just made the final repair on our home in Florida, where we planned to live for the rest of our lives. But during my year in North Carolina, I fell in love with the state, and I began looking for a job that would allow Angela and me to relocate here permanently.

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Equality advocates to Charlotte City Council: Now is no time to back down

Today (May 20,2016), HRC, Equality North Carolina and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) sent a letter to Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the seven City Council members who voted to advance city-wide LGBT non-discrimination protections on February 22, 2016. The letter comes amid reports of a possible deal on HB2 that could potentially involve repealing the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. The Councilmembers who voted in favor of these crucial protections were: Julie Eiselt, James Mitchell, Al Austin, Patsy Kinsey, John Autry, LaWana Mayfield and Vi Lyles.

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On HB2, warning signs abound, but state leaders just keep on driving

As the fallout from HB2 continues to pile up, one bad news story at a time, I am reminded of the time a friend of mine drove from Washington, DC to Birmingham, Alabama, unintentionally by way of Miami, Florida. (In case anyone is wondering, Miami is not exactly on a direct route, being about 10 hours further south than one needs to drive when traveling to west Alabama from points north and east).

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Loss of federal funds from HB2 could eliminate 53,000 jobs, $2.4 billion in wages

New report finds rising economic cost to state from discrimination law North Carolina’s economy could suffer significant damage if House Bill 2 is not repealed and the federal government cuts off funding for key investments in education, job training, and public safety, a new report finds.

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Loretta Lynch and HB2: U.S. Attorney General teaches fellow North Carolinians about compassion and tolerance

Take heart, fair-minded North Carolinians. The state’s not-always-pristine but still vaguely operative image as a place where “the weak grow strong and the strong grow great” is in the process of being dragged through the mud by cynics ...
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The Follies of another week of McCrory misstatements on HB2

This was another week that HB2 dominated the headlines, primarily because competing lawsuits were filed by the U.S. Justice Department and Gov. Pat McCrory and state legislative leaders asking the courts to decide if the discriminatory provisions in ...
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The NC Chamber comes clean about its cynical opportunism on HB2

Ever since North Carolina lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory rammed through North Carolina’s new all-purpose discrimination law (HB2) in just a handful of hours on March 23, there has been widespread speculation about the motives and role in ...
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McCrory flails again on HB2 while reality sets in at General Assembly

It turns out that the whole controversy about the anti-LGBT law HB2 that is costing North Carolina thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tourism revenue is all the fault of “the radical left” in Charlotte that ...
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Unvalued and unprotected

How HB2 increases the pressure on North Carolina's LGBTQ students

“We all know this. It’s intuitive, but the data is there to support it.”

Emily Greytak, research director at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), one of the nation’s leading advocacy and policy organizations for LGBTQ students in K-12 schools, is assessing the startling data about school experience. Greytak’s able to reel off one number after another reflecting, in stark detail, the stunning disparities between LGBTQ youth and their peers when it comes to their school experience.

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Seven questions McCrory still must answer a month after he signed HB2

It has now been more than a month since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the sweeping anti-LGBT law HB2 and ignited widespread protests in North Carolina and around the country with corporations cancelling planned expansions in the state and ...
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Why McCrory and Berger have already lost the debate over HB2

Regardless of what happens in the new legislative session, North Carolina’s “brand” is badly damaged for the foreseeable future

It’s funny how politics and policy debates work. For five years, politicians with a destructive and reactionary agenda have been taking a wrecking ball to the once forward-looking state of North Carolina to relatively little national note. As was detailed at length last December in the special NC Policy Watch report, Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have transformed North Carolina, the list of subjects in which once moderate-to-progressive laws and policies have been razed and reversed is as long as your arm. Taxes, health care, civil rights, the social safety net, environmental protection, reproductive freedom, voting rights, consumer protection, LGBT rights; name the topic and North Carolina has moved backward.

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