Rally opposing HB2 set for Monday

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Opponents of the North Carolina’s new law preventing local governments from passing LGBT anti-discrimination protections and directing which bathrooms transgender people can use are getting together in Raleigh to push for its repeal.

The Forward Together movement led by the state NAACP scheduled a rally late Monday between the Legislative Building and the old Capitol building where Gov. Pat McCrory keeps his office. Participants will talk about their proposals to expand protections and the need for a higher minimum wage.

Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NACCP, says protesters will broaden and deepen its coalition against House Bill 2 and will challenge the state chamber of commerce on living wages and encourage it to take a strong stand against HB2.

A similar rally three weeks ago at the opening of the General Assembly’s annual work session ended with the arrests of more than 50 people inside the Legislative Building. Authorities say those arrested refused to leave the building or Speaker Tim Moore’s office in protest of the law.

Women for Repeal of HB2 talked Monday about how the law harms women. They pointed out restrictions on being able to sue in state court for discrimination in the workplace.

Alexis Dee, a transgender woman, argued the dangers of transgender people going to the restroom that matches their gender identity.

“it’s not only personally hurtful and very insulting, it’s hurtful and insulting to the entire trans community and it is very, very wrong. The term LGBT is sued to describe a very diverse group of human beings living and functioning on this planet. The’re just people,” Dee said.

Moore has said lawmakers will continue to meet the stakeholders to review any possible tweaks to HB2, though Republican leadership does not support a full repeal.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. WNCN contributed to this report.

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