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Anti-LGBTI North Carolina governor concedes to opponent

Anti-LGBTI North Carolina governor concedes to opponent

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has conceded his loss to his Democratic opponent after initially refusing to step aside in the very close race. Governor McCrory became known for his anti-LGBTI platform, signing the controversial HB2 bathroom bill which prevented trans people from using the bathroom aligned to their gender and allowed discrimination against LGBTI […]

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Democrats file bill to repeal North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law

Democratic representatives in North Carolina have filed a bill to repeal the state’s controversial anti-LGBT law known as HB2. HB2, officially named ‘An Act to Provide for Single-sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities in Schools and Public Agencies and to Create Statewide Consistency in Regulation of Employment and Public Accommodations‘, bans local government from […]

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Church leaders marry gay couple in North Carolina as act of rebellion

Church leaders marry gay couple in North Carolina as act of rebellion

♦ United Methodist Church prepare to debate same-sex marriage ♦ North Carolina UMC leaders rail against discriminatory policy A pastor and a bishop held a secret wedding for a gay couple in North Carolina over the weekend as an act of “civil disobedience.” Pastor Val Rosenquist and Bishop Melvin Talbert officiated the marriage of long-time parishioner Jim Wilborne […]

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Duran Duran and Pearl Jam protest against North Carolina laws

Duran Duran and Pearl Jam protest against North Carolina laws

♦ North Carolina’s discriminatory laws criticised by Duran Duran ♦ Pearl Jam have cancelled their upcoming show in protest ♦ HB2 described as “despicable legislation’ by Pearl Jam Musicians continue to draw attention to North Carolina’s laws which allow LGBTI people to be discriminated against. The law that was quickly passed last month forces transgender people to […]

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Lesbian waitress threatened with Bible verse in North Carolina

A North Carolina waitress has shared an image of a receipt on which her tip has been replaced by a biblical chapter reference. Out lesbian Alexandra Judd was tipped with the Old Testament verse Leviticus 20:13 which reads; “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have […]

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Cyndi Lauper, Ringo Starr, Laura Jane Grace weigh in on HB 2 law

Cyndi Lauper, Ringo Starr, Laura Jane Grace weigh in on HB 2 law

Celebrities have been showing their dissatisfaction with emerging US state anti-LGBT laws with boycotts, but Cyndi Lauper has devised a different strategy. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has joined Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and more in abstaining from performing in states such as North Carolina and Mississippi which have recently introduced discriminatory laws. Lauper, however, intends to perform. “I […]

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South Carolina joins North in introducing anti-LGBT bill

South Carolina joins North in introducing anti-LGBT bill

South Carolina’s Senate have been presented with a bill that specifically targets trans people’s bathroom use in the state. The bill known as S. 1203 was introduced by State Senator Lee Bright, who says the law would mirror North Carolina’s position on LGBT rights. “Multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities located on public property, including […]

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Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show over anti-LGBT law

Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show over anti-LGBT law

Rock star Bryan Adams has cancelled an upcoming show in the US state of Mississippi in response to a new law that facilitates LGBT discrimination. The new law will allow private businesses and religious groups to refuse service to lesbian and gay couples. Adams revealed in a statement that he can’t in good conscience perform in […]

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Joel McHale donates profits to North Carolina LGBTQ group

Joel McHale donates profits to North Carolina LGBTQ group

‘Community’ star Joel McHale has donated the proceeds from a recent North Carolina stand-up show to the local LGBTIQ centre. The host of ‘The Soup’ performed at Durham Performing Arts Centre wearing a LGBTQ-themed shirt he fashioned himself. McHale opened his set with a condemnation of North Carolina’s new “f*cking crazy” anti-LGBT law, ‘HB 2’. […]

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North Carolina congressman calls Springsteen a bully

North Carolina congressman calls Springsteen a bully

A Republican congressman representing North Carolina has criticised Bruce Springsteen’s decision to cancel a concert on the weekend. Springsteen announced he would not play in North Carolina following the state’s adoption of laws that force transgender people to use a bathroom of their biological birth gender and also make it legal to fire LGBTI people […]

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