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Anti-KKK “March For Love” takes over North Carolina and trumps turnout for KKK rally

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hundreds marched in Uptown to counter a Ku Klux Klan rally that was scheduled in Raleigh.  It was a “March for Love” and it trumped the turnout for the KKK rally that was nearly nonexistent.

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“Right after the elections, the ‘Royal White Knights’ of North Carolina said they were going to have a celebratory parade,” said Rabbi Judith Schindler.

That didn’t fly with dozens of community leaders. Grassroots organization “March for Love” in Charlotte through a celebratory parade of their own. One step at a time, people marched in Uptown to fight back against hate.

“The mothers of three children didn’t want a message of hate to be share with our community,” said Schindler.

“So this is an anti-hate rally.”

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With flowers in hand, somewhere in the ballpark of 500 people paid respects to three monuments that exemplified the power of love over hate- the Holocaust, Martin Luther King Jr. and “Mahatma” Gandhi Memorials.

Along the way people like Mona McCallum and Heidi Henderson sparked relationships and bridged the gap between different communities.

“I’m just grateful to be here and experience the compassionate love for people that don’t look like me,” said Mona McCallum of Sacred Souls Community Church.

Flowers were left at the Holocaust memorial, in Charlotte
Flowers were left at the Holocaust memorial, in Charlotte

See How Much Money is North Carolina Losing Over The Anti-Transgender Legislation

Oh boy it’s a lot of money..

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It is estimated that the state of North Carolina, under Pat McCrory’s leadership, has lost over 395 million dollars ever since the anti-transgender legislation was signed by McCrory himself earlier this year.

On March 2016, in response to the city of Charlotte passing pro-LGBT protections, the state of North Carolina passed a controversial legislation which bans transgender people from using the restroom matching their gender identity.

Because the state of North Carolina requires transgender people to undergo genital reassignment surgery in order to legally change their gender marker, and because the surgery is very costly to most Americans —–and some may not be eligible for it due to medical reasons, this legislation leaves the transgender community in the state largely unprotected from bullying and harassment.

RELATED: NC Governor Blames Liberals for HB2

In response to this unprecedented act of discrimination, companies, personalities, artists and major sporting events started to pull out of the state.

The state of North Carolina is not only facing a financial problem. People are also suing the state over this discriminatory legislation, and the lawyers –including McCrory’s attorneys, worth $47,000 dollars– are being paid for with public funds.

Another $500,000 from the disaster relief fund (more tax money) were given to McCrory and his crusade against LGBT. Then Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina, leaving many dead and lots and lots of chaos.

RELATED: Hurricane Hits and Record Floods NC, Leaves Many Dead, but Governor Pat McCrory keeps Using Public Funds To Discriminate against Transgender Women

Far from learning from his mistakes, and repealing the law, Pat McCrory seems determined to take his battle against equality to the very end.

Many remarkable artists, however, such as Bruce Springsteen, or Ex-Beatle drummer, Ringo Starr, pulled their shows out of the state, standing in solidarity with the American LGBT community.

The cancellation of Bruce Srpingsteen’s show alone, cost the state more than $700,000.

Other big firms such as Paypal have cancelled their expansion plans in the state over this legislation too, costing the state $20 million dollars and the loss of 400 jobs.

With more than 68 major companies, including Paypal, Dropbox, Yelp, Zynga, and Apple Inc. Pulling out of the state, and the budget looking grim, Legislating discrimination has become an expensive bad habit for the state of North Carolina.

NC Governor Blames Liberals for HB2

Pat McCrory, far from admitting that the anti-transgender legislation was a big mistake, now blames it on the Democratic Party.

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NC Governor Pat McCrory strongly opposes Transgender Rights and, in his own words, ‘this new idea of gender expression.’ / NBC News / Screen Capture

 — Gov. Pat McCrory blamed the anti-lgbt discriminatory legislation known as House Bill 2, or HB2, on Liberals.

During a press conference, he blamed Attorney General Roy Cooper, and Charlotte Mayor, Jennifer Roberts over HB2, saying that he had no choice but to create this legislation, in response to Charlotte passing a pro-LGBT ordinance that required private businesses to allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice.

During the conference, McCrory said: “The state of North Carolina, the City of Charlotte and especially small businesses were being used as a pawns by Roy Cooper, by the mayor of Charlotte and by the Democratic Party on an issue that was made up purely for political purposes and to raise money,”

“You might need to ask the mayor of Charlotte and Roy Cooper that brought up this question, not the right.”

RELATED: Hurricane Hits and Record Floods NC, Leaves Many Dead, but Governor Pat McCrory keeps Using Public Funds To Discriminate against Transgender Women

Then he charged against media, saying: “The media, both the statewide media and the national media, give the clear impression it was the right that created the bathroom rules.”

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Most residents in the state of North Carolina are in favour of repealing the discriminatory legislation / WRAL.COM

That may be because a Republican-controlled legislature called themselves back into a special session to pass the law in one day. McCrory, a Republican, signed the measure the same day.

RELATED: Republican Texas Lt. Governor Wants Anti-Transgender Bathroom Legislation.

Source: Washington Post / WRAL.com

Caitlyn Jenner Should Use the Men’s Bathroom, North Carolina Governor Says

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Caitlyn Jenner / @Caitlyn_Jenner / Twitter

During a debate, moderator Chuck Todd asked North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, and Attorney General, Roy Cooper, which bathroom should Caitlyn Jenner use.

Loyal to his discriminatory rhetoric, Pat McCrory said that Caitlyn should use the men’s bathroom.

Watch the debate below (~1min. / Youtube)

RELATED: Hurricane Hits and Record Floods NC, Leaves Many Dead, but Governor Pat McCrory keeps Using Public Funds To Discriminate against Transgender Women

 

Hurricane Hits and Record Floods NC, Leaves Many Dead, but Governor Pat McCrory keeps Using Public Funds To Discriminate against Transgender Women

NC, United States — As the death toll left by hurricane Matthew raises to 33, with 17 deaths in the state of North Carolina alone, Governor Pat McCrory keeps using public funds to harass, intimidate and push his anti-LGBT agenda further, instead of helping the victims of the hurricane.

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Pat McCrory, NC Governor / CharlotteObsesrver / Screen Capture

Buzzfeed reports that, as Hurricane Matthew approached the coast of North Carolina on Friday, Governor Pat McCrory spent the night on stage, with far-right religious leaders, asking them to support the discriminatory, anti-LGBT legislation known as House Bill 2 or HB2.

While emergency services in North Carolina were overwhelmed, and the death toll raised in the state —inlcuding the fatal shooting of a motorist, who was driving through a flooded area– McCrory was recorded telling the far-right christian audience: “You have five weeks, or four-and-a-half weeks, to speak out in North Carolina.”

“I don’t agree with the concept of redefining gender, let your congregations and your businesses, and everyone else know. Are there people behind this issue or not? We’re going to find out.” He added.

RELATED: Charlotte Mayor, in contrast to the Governor’s stance, defends LGBT rights in NC’s Largest City

While the governor was using public funds to host a meeting with hateful groups, the citizens of North Carolina were far from happy, and this was not due to any bathroom hysteria.

A Greenville resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We have no power. The cash is going to be running out. We’ve already got street vendors hawking water, Cokes and cigarettes. Cigarettes are at seven bucks a pack,” they said. “It’s nuts here, and it’s going to get worse.”

Last week, Andrew Bieszad, a writer for the right-wing religious site Shoebat, explained that “Hurricane Matthew had nothing to do with climate change, instead, it’s God’s way of punishing people for hosting an LGBT parade in Florida” in the memory of the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre.”

In spite of Mr. Bieszad’s claims, most of the reported casualties are in the state of North Carolina, one of the very few states in America where religious persecution and discrimination is not only legal, but also encouraged by their current administration.

 

By Eleanor Hope  (Follow Eleanor on Twitter /  Facebook

North Carolina: Charlotte Mayor will “not discuss” ordinance that protects LGBT

Mayor Jennifer Roberts said the city “is not prepared” to discuss repealing the ordinance protecting the LGBT community at Monday’s city council meeting.

Mayor Roberts / Charlotte Observer (Screencap)
Mayor Roberts / Charlotte Observer (Screencap)

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Monday morning the city “is not prepared” to discuss repealing the ordinance that led to House Bill 2 at its meeting Monday night.

Legislative leaders had made dropping the Charlotte ordinance a condition for repealing HB2.

The ordinance extended anti-discrimination protection to the LGBT community and would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom or locker room of their gender identity. The Charlotte Observer Reports. 

“We are not prepared to add this item to our agenda this evening, however, we urge the state to take action as soon as possible and encourage continued dialogue with the broader community.” She declared.

By defending this ordinance, Charlotte’s Mayor continues defending LGBT rights in North Carolina’s largest city.

Earlier this year, Governor Pat McCrory passed on a discriminatory legislation that prohibits transgender women to use the restroom matching the gender they identify with and it puts their lives in danger.

More on North Carolina’s Bathroom Issue:

BREAKING: North Carolina Governor Quietly Withdraws HB2 Lawsuit

BREAKING: ACC Pulls out of North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Discriminatory Legislation.

Major US College Sport Pulling out of North Carolina over Controversial Anti-Transgender Bathroom Law

Trump Backtracked and now supports NC Anti-Transgender bill

US Department Of Justice Urged Judge to Block NC Bathroom Bill

Source: The Charlotte Observer

BREAKING: North Carolina Governor Quietly Withdraws HB2 Lawsuit

Pat McCrory quietly withdrew HB2 Lawsuit he filled against the federal government, because, in his own words, it was too costly.

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Pat McCrory, the Anti-LGBT North Carolina Governor (Youtube)

Pat McCrory quietly withdrew the lawsuit against the Obama administration in response to the Government asking him how was he going to enforce HB2, a discriminatory legislation that targetted transgender women.

North Carolina’s Governor cited costs of litigation, pointing out that his state is also the defendant in a lawsuit filed against him by the Department of Justice on similar grounds.

Remember when the Department of Justice Earlier this year, the Department Of Justice delcared that HB2 violates the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, giving him until 6 PM Monday, May 9 to respond that he will ensure the illegal law is not enforced.

In response, McCrory filed a lawsuit against the United States, in which he accused the government of a “baseless and blatant overreach” and continued to defend the discriminatory legislation.

More on the American Bathroom-beef

 

BREAKING: ACC Pulls out of North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Discriminatory Legislation.

United States — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that it would move its neutral site championships out of North Carolina for the 2016-17 season over the state’s discriminatory legislation House Bill 2, or HB2.

Photo: Jeremy Brevard, (USA TODAY Sports)
ACC Commissioner John Swofford (Photo: Jeremy Brevard, (USA TODAY Sports)

The law prevents cities and counties from passing protections based on sexual and gender orientation. Public schools must require bathrooms or locker rooms be designated for use only by people matching the gender they were assigned at birth.

The ACC rulling follows the lead of the NCAA, which announced on Monday that it would also relocate its championships for 2016-17.

Sports affected by this decisions are:

Women’s soccer

Football

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving

Women’s basketball

Men’s and women’s Tennis

Women’s golf

Men’s golf

baseball

“The ACC Council of Presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount. Today’s decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “Hopefully, there will be opportunities beyond 2016-17 for North Carolina neutral sites to be awarded championships.” USA Today reports

Source: USA Today