Dear Governor Roy Cooper,You were sworn into office as the 75th governor of North Carolina this past Sunday. First off, congratulations on your new office. I pray that you do the people of our state proud and serve the people of the great state of North Carolina to the best of your abilities.
I was born and raised in Fayetteville and I have been so proud to be a tar heel my entire life until the last year or so. Now, I’m embarrassed to say I’m a lifelong NC resident. Frankly I don’t think the last administration could pull their heads out of their asses long enough to realize the damage that their decisions and bull shit could do and has done.
I am absolutely appalled that House Bill 2 could be passed in our state and allowed to stand as long as has. As a resident of North Carolina, I am ashamed. As an openly gay woman, I am afraid for the future.
This “bathroom bill” is nonsense and you know it.
Transgendered women are using the restroom that they feel comfortable with because that is who they are. They aren’t a threat to the women in there. They are just other women who need to pee. They are who we will compliment on their hair and makeup. We will ask her where she got her shoes or bag. If she’s sick, we will hold her hair and make sure she’s okay.
And it’s just fueling hate. Last summer, I was at my local Walmart and I stopped in at the bathroom to pee before going to check out. I was approached by two women who accused me of being a man in a dress. I was assaulted verbally and physically before I was able to get out of the bathroom and to safety. You are putting countless transwomen in that situation DAILY for needing to relieve themselves in public. I was terrified to go to a public bathroom for weeks afterwards so can you imagine how these women feel who are already struggling for acceptance and now they are afraid to go to the bathroom?
If you won’t look at the HB2 is hurting the people, look at how it’s hurting the revenue for the state.
The NCAA has pulled the NCAA men’s basketball tournament games for 2016-2017, we lost the 2017 NBA All-Star game, at least 13 conventions have been cancelled in Charlotte, Bruce Springsteen has cancelled concerts, along with Pearl Jam, Cirque du Soleil, Ringo Starr, Boston, Cyndi Lauper, Mumford and Sons, Duran Duran. Lionsgate moved production of the show “Crushed” from Charlotte to Canada. Composer Stephen Schwartz said he will no longer allow his musicals, which include “Wicked,” to be performed in North Carolina. Children’s book authors like John Green, Maureen Johnson, Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan, Sarah Dessen and Jeff Kinney signed onto a letter in the School Library Journal saying they’d have to consider whether to attend conferences and festivals in North Carolina in the future. Author Sherman Alexie has already canceled all events in the state. The NCAA is talking about starting a boycott.
The NCAA tournament games are worth MILLONS alone. But if you add in the NBA All-Star game, the conventions, all the cancelled concerts and shows, the production companies taking their filming elsewhere, plus possible boycotts- its astronomical. Hotels, Restaurants, Gas Stations, Shopping, memorabilia- its all money that isn’t getting spent here. And money not getting spent here means that businesses are either going to slow hiring or worse yet, lay people off.
I know that bi partisan support is there for the repeal of this bill. Do the right thing for the people of North Carolina. Allow us to live freely again. Allow business to return to North Carolina. Repeal the bill.
-a concerned spooniecorn