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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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RALEIGH – In court documents filed yesterday, North Carolina and the University of North Carolina system argue that House Bill 2 (H.B. 2) – the state’s sweeping and discriminatory law that bans transgender people from public restrooms that match their gender identity and removes legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and others – should remain in effect while a legal challenge proceeds in federal court.

On May 16, six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina filed a motion for a preliminary injunction asking the court to stop the enforcement of the provisions of North Carolina House Bill 2 that target transgender people for discrimination in single-sex facilities while the case proceeds through the court system.

The individuals and ACLU members are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, the national American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal, and the law firm of Jenner and Block.

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RICHMOND, Va. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has denied a request for an en banc review of an April decision by a panel of the same court that found that Title IX protects the rights of transgender students to use sex-segregated facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. In that case, a three-judge panel ruled in favor of a transgender student who challenged his high school’s discriminatory restroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use “alternative, private” facilities.

“Now that the Fourth Circuit’s decision is final, I hope my school board will finally do the right thing and let me go back to using the boys’ restroom again,” said Gavin Grimm, the high school junior who is the plaintiff in the case (pictured). “Transgender kids should not have to sue their own school boards just for the ability to use the same restrooms as everyone else.”

Today’s decision supports legal arguments being made against North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which prohibits transgender people, including public school students, from using public single-sex facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. In a federal lawsuit, the ACLU of North Carolina, American Civil Liberties Union, and Lambda Legal argue that HB2 is illegal because it violates Title IX and the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. North Carolina is in the Fourth Circuit.

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