We are afraid. Afraid of the dark, of unfamiliar people and places. We are taught to fear. Told more often than not that we are vulnerable. Taught that underneath our beds lives a monster. Told by the people who serve and protect us there is an ongoing epidemic of crime, terror and disaster. And when we confront this beast we are met with anger from those who purport to protect us.
It is time for our North Carolina legislature to mature, to improve, to move beyond fear as an impetus to discriminate and start to do what is ethical. It is time to end the discrimination against black, trans, queer, disabled and indigenous communities. It is time for justice.
In response to Charlotte’s trans and family inclusive ordinance, passed just recently, House Bill 2, deceptively titled “Public Facility and Security Act” and proposed by members of the N.C. General Assembly, eliminates protections for trans and gender non-binary individuals and communities.
In the state of North Carolina, there is a lack of protection, at large, for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in the public and private sector. Prior to the passing of HB2, the town of Chapel Hill has had comprehensive safeguards in place barring the discrimination of LGBT individuals.
This law blatantly and in no uncertain terms undoes these protections, making it possible for LGBT folks to be fired without recourse. This means that a parent, family friend or close relative could be fired from their job due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.