Hundreds gather at Pitt Co. Courthouse to discuss HB2 ruling

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – People in North Carolina are fighting back against the new HB2 ruling, making people use the bathroom that aligns with their gender on their birth certificate.

More than 100 people gathered Saturday to fight against the ruling and share their own personal stories.

“All my life I knew I was different but different how? Was I freak,” said Lucas Rixon. I came out as transgender around this time in 2015, before then I was in deep depression. I didn’t know who I was or who I wanted to be.”

The goal was to get more people to understand what the LGBT community goes through.

“Getting misgendered, getting called she, having people ask,’Are you a boy or a girl?” explained Rixon.

Others said something needs to be done.

“[All] I saw on Wednesday at our state capital was a blend of ignorance and intolerance,” said Debra Thompson. She said the state is allowing bullying, which isn’t right. “I told the committee about the trans youth in our community, who purposely have to dehydrate themselves so they don’t have to use the bathroom at school. I told them about a trans kid who has his mother come pick him up and take him home just so he can use the bathroom.”

While many were voicing their opinions on the Pitt County Courthouse Steps, one person was sharing his concerns across the street.

Lennie Peterson said, “If you got the proper plumbing that matches that bathroom, use the proper plumbing.” Peterson said he’s happy with the ruling and believes it was a step in the right direction. “It is not about discrimination, it’s not about discrimination. It’s something that had to be done.

Others disagree and hope the state repeals the bill.

“We want to have our basic human rights,” said Rixon. “We want to be treated with respect, not [like] a pile of dirt.

Many others are also fighting back outside North Carolina. Famous writer and director Rob Reiner said he will not shoot any movies or productions in the state unless the new law is repealed.

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