LGBT Caucus discusses, condemns NC’s HB2 at DNC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (AP File Photo)

PHILADELPHIA – During an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Caucus meeting today, North Carolina politics and House Bill Two came up during discussions.

The debate of who should use which bathroom has been taking place in North Carolina for months.

“If you’re against discrimination, then you’re against all discrimination,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) told the LGBT Caucus.

Cuomo banned non-essential state travel to North Carolina because of HB2.

“I disagree strongly with the discriminatory policy, in my opinion, of this state,” he said. “So, we instituted a travel ban.”

The ban meant the cancellation of the Albany at Duke basketball game next season.

“Some things are even more important than basketball,” Cuomo said.

Gov. Pat McCrory said today that Cuomo is trashing North Carolina with a phony boycott and that New York residents are moving to North Carolina for lower taxes and more job opportunities.

LGBT advocates are also keeping a watch on North Carolina and they reacted to Governor McCrory’s comments at a campaign stop yesterday.

“If any of you need to use the restrooms,” McCrory said to cheers, “and if you have any questions, go to Philadelphia where the Democrats are.”

Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality said it’s not a laughing matter. “This isn’t funny. It’s hurting transgender people,” she said. “But I would at least expect him to care that it is hurting North Carolina economically.”

LGBT advocates say they’re glad that House Bill Two is continually being referenced and discussed at the DNC. They say it’s a topic that matters not just in North Carolina but across the country.

“The eyes of the nation are on North Carolina right now,” said Chris Sgro of Equality NC. “That’s why it’s so important for us to have this conversation.”

At the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, delegates will formally name Hillary Clinton as their party’s nominee for president.

Also tonight, mothers of several black people who died in incident involving police will speak.

Brian Fitzsimmons, a Wake County delegate and chair of the Wake County Democratic Party, said, “This is going to be a great opportunity tonight to hear from those amazing women and hear their stories of heartbreak and really just show people what the effect of the past few years has had.”

Also tonight former President Bill Clinton will speak, campaigning for his wife.

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