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After months of inaction to repeal HB2 — the sweeping discrimination law that limits protections for LGBT people and others — North Carolina legislators have leaked a so-called "fix" that would leave all of HB2's anti-LGBT measures in place and more.

Tell your representative that a full repeal of HB2 is the only way to stop the damage this discriminatory law is doing to our state.

Under the leaked bill, local governments in North Carolina would still be prohibited from passing measures that would protect LGBT people from discrimination. And rather than remove the harmful provisions that prevent transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity, the new proposal would require transgender people to register with the state and obtain an unprecedented "certificate of sex reassignment" to do something as simple as use the restroom.

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RALEIGH – Today, after draft legislation with proposed changes to the sweeping anti-LGBT measure, North Carolina House Bill 2, was released, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal—who are challenging House Bill 2 in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina—released the following statement:

“These proposed changes are no fix.  After rushing to enact H.B. 2 in a span of hours, this is the second attempt—the first was the governor’s executive order—to clean up the extreme and discriminatory mess of H.B. 2. The only real solution is the full repeal of the law.

“Even with these changes, H.B. 2 still encourages discrimination against thousands of LGBT people who call North Carolina home, and it particularly targets transgender people.

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NORTH CAROLINA — American singer-songwriter and former Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh announced he will give a portion of the proceeds from two upcoming shows in North Carolina to the ACLU to support its lawsuit fighting the anti-LGBT law House Bill 2, which removes protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

Net profits from Walsh’s June 30 show (with Bad Company) in Charlotte and August 9 solo show in Raleigh will also go to Equality North Carolina. Both groups will be on site at the show to engage with attendees.

ACLU of North Carolina Policy Director Sarah Preston said the following in response:

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In the wake of this weekend's tragic attack against the LGBT community, we join together to protect the rights of LGBT people and to celebrate our freedom to live openly and without discrimination.

We stand in solidarity with the LGBT community in Orlando and across the country and send our thoughts and sympathies to everyone who has been impacted by this horrific act of violence and hate. 

The ACLU of North Carolina has worked for decades to counter laws and rhetoric that harm and marginalize LGBT people, and we are proud to continue that work today as we represent LGBT North Carolinians in our ongoing legal challenge to the odious and discriminatory House Bill 2.

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