CHARLOTTE - The LGBT community is standing together Thursday evening in uptown Charlotte to protest the controversial House Bill 2.
The legislation that was signed last week blocks transgender individuals from using public bathrooms based on the gender they identify with and restricts the passage of nondiscrimination laws on a broader scale.
The rally started at 6:30 p.m. at the Mecklenburg Government Center, located at 600 E. 4th Street.
Rally-goers plan to react to the HB2 decision peacefully, but plan to deliver a powerful message speaking out against it. Participants are encouraged to bring signs, noisemakers and handouts. "Impeach McCrory" stickers will also be provided.
The Wells Fargo's Duke Energy Center will show their support by lighting up with the trans flag
For those who want to continue showing their support for the repeal of HB2, the Bar at 316 will host a Gender Bender Ballads and Booze event at 8 p.m. immediately after the rally.
Those who attend can dress as their opposite birth gender or something they feel supports the message of the Trans community.
The Bar at 316 hosts a Hartigan's Reunion Karaoke event every Thursday of the month as a way to give long time patrons of the now closed Hartigan's Pub a place to reunite.