The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce issued an LGBTQ economy snapshot , two Carolina towns make The Advocate queerest cities list and California has a travel ban for all states who have anti-gay laws.
As the new year begins, many hope for a more productive legislative season than 2016 produced. House Bill 2 (HB2), the controversial “bathroom bill” that sparked widespread protests for its violation of transgender rights, is perhaps the biggest issue being debated by politicians, activists, and journalists alike.
Last year was a difficult year for North Carolina politically. House Bill 2 opened up the LGBTQ community for discrimination and landed the state firmly in the national spotlight for the worst reasons. Then the LGBTQ community had to witness Charlotte repealing its expanded non-discrimination ordinance on the hopes of an HB2 repeal that never came.
The repeal of House Bill 2 (HB2), North Carolina’s notorious anti-LGBTQ “bathroom bill,” failed. After Charlotte City Council fully repealed its “triggering” non-discrimination ordinance, the state’s legislators tried to pull one over on LGBTQ advocates by proposing a repeal that included a six-month ban on non-discrimination protections. The move was so controversial that the session ended without so much as a vote on HB2 repeal.
Janice Covington Allison had bid for the North Carolina Democratic Party chair position, MCC Charlotte will hold a MLK service, an inmate has filed suit against a Mecklenburg sheriff, Queen City Theatre Company is staging a comedy production, Campus Pride is moving, Create-ster received a NGLCC company certification, Lupie’s has closed its Huntersville location.