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McCrory blames media for outcry over anti-LGBT law; Human Rights Campaign calls response “malarkey”

Governor Pat McCrory’s office issued a statement Monday in response to the ACLU’s lawsuit against HB2.

Graham Wilson, the governor’s press secretary, called the legal challenge a distortion of facts by opponents of the law and members of the media.

“To counter a coordinated national effort to mislead the public, intimidate our business community and slander our great state, the governor will continue to set the record straight on a common sense resolution to local government overreach that imposed new regulations on businesses that intruded into the personal lives of our citizens.”

At a groundbreaking in Clayton earlier in the day, the governor pushed back at criticism for the bill he signed last Wednesday:

“We have not taken away any rights that currently existed in any city in North Carolina….from Raleigh, to Durham, to Chapel Hill to Charlotte,” said McCrory.

JoDee Winterhof, the Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs for the Human Rights Campaign, called McCrory’s statement “malarkey, pure and simple”:

“If Gov. McCrory can’t be honest about what his bill actually does, then he should repeal the discriminatory provisions that are in it when the legislature comes back in April. While the Governor bizarrely goes around the state to argue that no one lost any protections, the reality is that he took away Charlotte’s protections for the LGBT community and he moved North Carolina backwards and forced transgender students across the state to use restrooms inconsistent with their gender identity. In addition, he took away protections against discrimination for veterans in places like Greensboro and Orange County.”

Also today Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued an executive order banning city employees from traveling to North Carolina on official business due to the newly passed anti-gay law.

For more reaction to House Bill 2, click below to hear Lambda Legal’s Simone Bell discussing the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law:

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Will NC’s new anti-LGBT law harm the summer travel season before it starts?

Much has been written about the corporate response to passage of the controversial “bathroom bill” signed by Governor Pat McCrory, but it’s become increasingly clear the anti-LGBT legislation will also impact some vacation plans.

Dozens of comments on the state’s official Travel & Tourism Facebook page finds people rethinking vacation plans after this week’s legislative action.

One writer simply posted a link to The New York Times editorial title: “Transgender law makes North Carolina pioneer in bigotry”

Here’s a sampling of other remarks:

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Montana’s Governor hoping to capture some of those tourism dollars issued the following invitation on social media:

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And San Francisco’s Mayor has banned travel to N.C. after passage of the discriminatory law.

… let me be clear that San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in any City or State.

Do you think the new law will have an economic impact on our state? We welcome your comments below.

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University leaders respond to discriminatory HB2, express commitment to diversity

The chancellors of North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — with budgets controlled by the General Assembly — have issued their respective responses to the controversial “bathroom bill” signed by Governor Pat McCrory on Wednesday.

NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson:

North_Carolina_State_WolfpackMany members of our NC State community are understandably concerned about how House Bill 2, passed by the North Carolina Legislature and signed into law by the Governor Wednesday night, could impact individuals at NC State. There are also questions about how the new law affects our university’s strong nondiscrimination policy.

The UNC System General Administration is conducting a careful review and analysis of the legislation to determine potential impacts on system campuses, including NC State. We hope to have more clarity in the coming days.

In the meantime, I want to reiterate our deep commitment to welcoming and supporting all people at NC State, regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We strive to ensure that our environment supports and encourages the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions, while also ensuring that all members of our community are treated with dignity and respect.

We will of course follow federal and state laws, and at the same time we will also work to promote respect and inclusiveness for all people on our campus, and to accommodate the needs of all in our university community.

NC State is a diverse place. We all come from different backgrounds. We all have and share different ideas. And we do that in respectful, supportive ways. That’s one of NC State’s greatest strengths. We will continue, as a community, working hard to ensure that this is a place where all students, faculty and staff feel safe, are supported and can be successful.

Randy Woodson
Chancellor

UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt and other campus leaders:

unclogoDear Campus Community,

On Thursday, March 24, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB 2) was passed into law by the NC General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat McCrory. We are working closely with the UNC system’s General Administration to understand the law’s impact on our campus.

Since the passage of this law, we have heard from many people, including students, faculty, staff and alumni. We understand the concerns, sadness, anxiety and fear this is causing. We care deeply about and support our LGBTQ community, and we will continue to work hard to find ways to accommodate the needs of all our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus.

Sincerely,

Carol L. Folt
Chancellor

James W. Dean, Jr.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Winston Crisp
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Felicia A. Washington
Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement

Here’s how some of the private institutions in our state have responded to the NC law limiting LGBT Protections:

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