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Legislative Watch – QNotes

HB142 Sunset: The Path Forward

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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.

HB2 repeal passes with key provisions infuriating LGBTQ advocates

HB 142 keeps local governments from banning discrimination

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.

Is Twitter the new vehicle for LGBTQ activism?

Two North Carolina politicians have come under fire for their use of Twitter. Sen. Joel Ford issued an apology after an online altercation with an LGBTQ advocate, and former Rep. Chris Sgro is drawing criticism for allegedly lobbying via Twitter too soon after his legislative term.

Hate crime bill would expand LGBTQ protections in NC

Bill would address growing hate violence

A bill introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly would expand state hate crime statutes to include crimes against individuals based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. House Bill 152 would also shift certain crimes from misdemeanors to felonies.

Equality NC Day of Advocacy to take place Feb. 22

Activists demand repeal and replacement of HB2

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.