In North Carolina, lawmakers failed on Wednesday to overturn the state’s anti-LGBT law, which denies transgender people the use of the bathroom, changing room or locker room that matches their gender identity. House Bill 2, or HB 2, known as the "bathroom bill," also prevents local governments from boosting the minimum wage. HB 2 has prompted boycotts of North Carolina by companies, sports leagues and performers. As lawmakers adjourned from a one-day special session without a repeal of HB 2 in place, protesters chanted, "Shame! Shame!" Democratic State Representative and Equality North Carolina Director Chris Sgro condemned the failure.
Protesters: "Shame! Shame! Shame!"
Rep. Chris Sgro: "There’s 275 days after this body passed the worst anti-LGBT bill in the entire nation. Every single day, transgender North Carolinians have suffered and been at risk for discrimination and violence. And every single day, our economy has lost millions upon millions of dollars. PayPal is not coming here. Bruce Springsteen is not coming here.
Protesters: "Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame!"
Rep. Chris Sgro: "We are going to continue to be sat out as a state because of the image that we are portraying to the rest of the nation and the rest of the world."
Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper said Republicans reneged on a promise to repeal the law. Last week, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a pair of bills stripping the governor of many powers. Expecting that the repeal of HB 2 would take place, the Charlotte City Council, which had passed the initial anti-discrimination bill, repealed their bill, because the Legislature, they thought, in exchange, would repeal HB 2.