Clergy, civil rights leaders, & LGBT community to protest HB2 Bill

Groups against House Bill 2 are putting their foot down, hoping drastic measures will lead to changing the law. 

"This is a hate bill, Hate Bill 2," Reverend Deborah Hopkins said. 

A.J. Williams and Reverend Hopkins are leading groups of clergy, civil rights leaders, and members of the LGBT community to stand up for what they think is right. 

"As a transgender woman, I was outraged when this came down," Hopkins said. 

These groups said a 'stand-in' will take place on April 25 at the state capitol building in Raleigh if lawmakers do not repeal the bill by April 21. 

"We are going to come in large numbers. We are going to speak boldly, affecting everyone in the state of North Carolina," Hopkins said. 

The groups are expecting around 200 organizations to be there for the 'stand-in'. This, after several companies have cut their ties with North Carolina following the signing of the bill. 

Mayor Jennifer Roberts is continuing to enforce inclusion and respect to youth looking to call North Carolina home.

"We can't afford to leave a single voice out," Mayor Roberts said. 

HB2 repeals local LGBT non-discrimination ordinances and removes statewide protections on the basis of race, sex, and age. 

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