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Mar 2, 2017

3 Things to Know About North Carolina’s HB186, a New Version of HB2

Marty Rouse, National Field Director

After nearly a year of unprecedented economic suffering and discrimination, North Carolina’s House and Senate leaders have failed to undo the damage they inflicted on the state and fully repeal HB2.

A Republican-led proposal, HB186 would once again single out LGBTQ people for discrimination.

Here are three things to know about this destructive bill:

  1. Like HB2, HB186 would make North Carolina the only state law in our nation to single out transgender people for discrimination.
  2. Cities would not be able to pass meaningful non-discrimination ordinances - precisely the kinds of protections that the NCAA has been asking bidders to include in their tournament applications.
  3. HB186 would forbid cities from prohibiting discrimination with regard to bathrooms and would force any ordinance to contain sweeping religious exemptions.

HB186 is not the solution to repair the damage done by HB2. In fact, the North Carolina Sports Association has warned that the NCAA will pull all of the state’s championship game bids through 2022 if HB2 is not immediately repealed before they finalize their decisions in the next 1-2 weeks.

This so-called “compromise” bill will not repeal HB2. Instead, it would double down on some of the worst parts of anti-LGBTQ HB2. Repealing HB2 and replacing it with statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people will help repair the damage and make North Carolina a welcoming, inclusive place for all.

If you live in North Carolina, contact your elected officials to voice your opposition to HB 186.

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