Charlotte has a population just short of one million, but astonishingly, because of Dan Bishop’s [N.C. representative from District 104 currently running for state Senate, District 39, both in Mecklenburg County] handiwork on HB2, it is now illegal for the city to make laws to protect its citizens from discrimination.
I was in Orlando at Gay Days the weekend before the shooting at Pulse. There, I met Eddie Sotomayor who was one of the sweetest, brightest souls I met all weekend. Waking up to the news of the slaughter on June 12, and later learning of Eddie’s death, absolutely devastated me.
In 1819, American author Washington Irving published a short story about a man named Rip Van Winkle, who fell asleep under a tree and woke up 20 years later with a long beard in a completely different world. After its release, the story became wildly famous and has since been regarded as an acclaimed part of the United States’ literary history.
North Carolina was one of my favorite states. Though I never lived there, my partner Michael Greenspan is a proud Tar Heel who was born in Asheville, N.C., grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. (then as now a center of progressive politics).