On Tuesday, Dec. 1, a key prong of House Bill 142 (HB142) reached sunset, ending a years-long moratorium that blocked cities and towns in our state from protecting their LGBTQ residents through local non-discrimination ordinances.
In a rushed collaboration not publicized until yesterday, North Carolina General Assembly Republican leadership crafted an HB2 repeal bill that activists are calling “HB 2.0.” The bill, HB 142, passed through Senate and House chambers and was signed by Gov. Cooper despite LGBTQ advocates calling for the governor to veto the measure.
This year’s incarnation of the annual Day of Advocacy organized by Equality NC will enliven the North Carolina General Assembly this Feb. 22. Activists both LGBTQ and ally will join together to demand the repeal of House Bill 2 (HB2) and to fight for state-wide non-discrimination protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Update: This article originally reported that the bill was filed today. It was actually filed on June 9. The article has been revised to include that information. Yesterday Omar Mateen entered an Orlando LGBT nightclub and murdered 50 people, injuring over 50 more. Today, the same North Carolina government that brought us the anti-LGBT House …