I’m a North Carolina mother of a 5-year-old daughter, and I’m scared.
I’m not scared about the things the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory apparently think I should be scared of, upon reading their statements regarding HB2 (North Carolina’s new all-purpose discrimination law). But I am scared.
I’m scared about decisions made by these same state officials to undermine our environment, making me worried about whether my daughter and her friends will have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink as they grow up. [Continue reading…]
The folks supporting the sweeping anti-LGBT bill passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory keep saying it is all about bathroom safety, that allowing transgender people to use the public restroom that corresponds to their gender identity would somehow lead to a flurry of sexual assaults in bathrooms by predators dressed as women.
Never mind that there is no evidence of that happening in the 17 states and more than 200 local governments that already give transgender people that basic dignity.
But it is not about the facts anyway. It’s about creating a soundbite to scare people into opposing LGBT rights overall and to activate the fundamentalist wing of the Republican Party in an election year. [Continue reading…]