Trade Street Tracker applauds the effort the City of WS has taken to oppose the controversial HB2 Bill

This bill, commonly known as the “bathroom bill,” goes far beyond bathroom issues. It affects the civil rights of the entire LGBT community as it takes away LGBTs’ rights to sue a company that refuses them a  job or service based on gender identity. The fallout from the passage of this unfortunate law continues to grow with more companies and entertainers taking a stand to oppose the legislation through boycotts, petitions and such. The bill is an embarrassment to the people of North Carolina, a state which at one time was considered very progressive. However, under the current Republican-controlled Legislature and Governor, the state has take a giant step backwards into the dark ages.

Winston-Salem, the City of Arts and Innovation, is an oasis in the midst of a cold sea of conservatism that has been flooding the state.  One can only hope that enough people say “Enough is enough” in November and vote the bums out.

Winston-Salem City Council Approves a Resolution to Oppose the new House Bill 2 Legislation

Winston-Salem City Council knocks HB2 in resolution

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2016 3:45 pm

The Winston-Salem City Council approved Monday night a resolution highly critical of much of the new House Bill 2 legislation that has set off controversy in the state and beyond over transgender restroom use and LGBT rights.

On a 6-1 vote, the council approved a resolution drawn up by Council Member Dan Besse calling on the city’s representatives in Raleigh to work toward undoing “inadequately considered and damaging legislative changes” that opponents see in the law.

The Besse resolution doesn’t mention the Charlotte restroom ordinance that provoked the General Assembly into action, one that would have given transgender people the right to use the restroom corresponding to their chosen gender identification. In fact, Besse said all along he wouldn’t ask council members to take a stand on that issue.

But Besse’s resolution does fault HB2 for taking away the ability of local governments to enact local ordinances concerning discrimination. As well, the resolution criticizes the law for preventing local governments from influencing private employer worker benefits by making the benefits a condition for getting a city contract.

The resolution carries no legal weight, but adds Winston-Salem to the growing list of N.C. cities voicing opposition to the new law.

“We’ve also built a new reputation as a welcoming and diverse community, and that reputation is important to our future,” Besse said, speaking about his resolution. “We need to let our citizens know that they are still all a welcome part of our community, and let people in business around the country know that they are still welcome to come to our city.”

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