HB2 opponents gather to get governor’s ear

— About 200 people gathered outside the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion Saturday afternoon, the latest in a series of protests against a new statewide anti-discrimination law that fails to protect people based on sexual preference or gender identity.

The law also requires that transgender people to use the restroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate.

Saturday’s protest was peaceful but noisy, designed to get the attention of Gov. Pat McCrory, who has backed the law. People sang, chanted and shared their stories of discrimination.

Mike Gould said, “The friends that I’ve got that are transgender and who are going through (the) transgendering process are having a hard enough time as it is in the community to feel accepted, let along feeling the self-acceptance that they need to fully achieve their lives.”

Supporters of the law say it is more about safety – for women and children in restrooms – than discrimination.

,About 200 people gathered outside the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion Saturday afternoon, the latest in a series of protests against a new statewide anti-discrimination law that fails to protect people based on sexual preference or gender identity.

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