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Essay Quarrying Against HB2 Legislation
Dear North Carolina General Assembly and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory,
Attached to the following essay are the signatures of parents, students, teachers, and staff
members of Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, North Carolina.1
We, signed below, extend our belief in the principles of acceptance, inclusion, and
equality to all people, with the perception that regardless of religion, ethnicity, race, age, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation or any future trait of marginalization, all people should be free
to lead full and happy lives. We assert that the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act or House
Bill 2, passed on March 23, 2016, is a direct threat to these principles and the wellbeing of all
North Carolina citizens, particularly transgender citizens, and has no place in our state and our
We hold belief that:
The sections of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act and the results of said
sections are contradictory to the justifications for the law listed within in the document itself.
House Bill 2 is designed to protect North Carolina citizens from discrimination.2 However, the
language of the bill discriminates against transgender people by defining gender purely on
biological grounds and by allowing businesses and schools to discriminate against their workers
and students, specifically in regards to public restrooms and facilities. In addition, the presidency
of this law over local governments denies the ability of towns and cities to protect their residents
from discrimination and undue hardship. House Bill 2 is intended to aid in the operation of
intrastate business and attract new venues to this state.3 However, the nullification of the freedom
to sue for unjust discrimination in the workplace harms businesses and the people that run them.
These rights revoked from all North Carolina citizens and discrimination towards transgender
people has resulted in business being lost in the state. We maintain that the sections of the Public
Facilities Privacy and Security Act and the results of those sections directly undermine the
justifications for House Bill 2 which are as follows: to protect North Carolinians from
discrimination and to improve the flow of business within our state. Our perception holds that
House Bill 2 targets vulnerable transgender citizens, denies discrimination protection for all
citizens, and damages state business at a hazardous level.
The opinions stated in this address are personal and do not represent the school or district of those that hold them.
Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act
, Page Four, Part III, Section 3.1, lines 2427; Page Five, Part III, Section 3.3, lines 69
Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act
, page one, lines 1420
We believe that House Bill 2 is an unjust law that defies our strongly held personal
beliefs of acceptance, inclusion, and equality for all people. It denies North Carolina citizens the
right to lead full and happy lives with equal protection and without undue hardship. We believe
the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act discriminates against transgender people and is
detrimental to the wellbeing of all North Carolina citizens and its businesses. We hold these
sincere personal beliefs in our hearts and our minds, and therefore will not in good conscience
support House Bill 2 in
any form whatsoever
within the walls of our school and the borders of
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SECOND EXTRA SESSION 2016 H 1 HOUSE BILL 2
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General Assembly, 23 Mar. 2016. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.<
Boffetta, Elena. "Being Transgender in North Carolina: Reaction to HB2."
News & Observer, 10 Apr. 2016. Web. 12 Apr. 2016. <
The Charlotte Observer. "North Carolina's Discriminatory House Bill 2 Will Hurt Transgender
. The Charlotte Observer, 6 Apr. 2016. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.
Triad Business Journal. "Report: LabCorp Joins Call to Repeal HB2." Triad Business Journal, 6
Apr. 2016. Web. 12 Apr. 2016. <
WBTV Web Staff. "PayPal Nixes Planned Charlotte Expansion over HB2." WBTV, 5 Apr.
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