During my parents’ lifetimes, the law in many states, like Mississippi and North Carolina, allowed people to refuse to serve them:
This law also told them where they could use the restroom:
Officially, those laws don’t exist anymore…for my parents. But they’ve made a comeback.
Under these new laws, and others like them that are surfacing, people can tell others where to use the restroom and refuse to provide them with service. Sound familiar?
These kinds of affronts to civil rights cannot stand. While it’s great to complain about them on social media, the time has long come to take action. As my dear friend Chris Bourg notes:
Dear Gov. Bryant:
HB 1523 is an affront to civil rights. The law is unconstitutional and flies in the face of the very basics of human rights. It not only hurts LGBTQ people but all people.
Dear Gov. McCrory:
HB 2 is an affront to civil rights. The law is unconstitutional and flies in the face of the very basic of human rights. It not only hurts trans and genderqueer people but all people.
Repeal HB 2 now!