NC State students hold sit-in against HB2

Sit-in outside bathroom at NC State (Photo: Justin Quesinberry/CBS North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A small group of North Carolina State University students held a sit-in to protest House Bill 2 on Friday.

The demonstration was silent and students didn’t have any signs as they sat outside bathrooms in the Talley Student Center.

There were around a half-dozen students gathered for the sit-in, which was organized by the GLBT Community Alliance.

“The HB2 bill does nothing but demonize trans people, so this way people can see that trans folks and people in the LGBT community are just like anybody else,” said N.C. State freshman Leah Block, who opposes HB2.

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CBS North Carolina spoke with a Teresa, a mother of a N.C. State graduate and an incoming student, who supports HB2. She asked that her last name not be used.

“The thing that really concerns me is that you start this and then where does it stop? You have dormitories where you have both sexes represented and then you have men going into women’s bathrooms there. I’m concerned about safety,” she said.

CBS North Carolina reached out to a spokesperson from the university for comment about the protest.

N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson issued a statement earlier in the week saying that there are questions about how the law affects school’s nondiscrimination policy and that he hoped to have more clarity in the coming days.

On Thursday, UNC Chancellor Carol Folt declined to answer questions about HB2, but is expected to issue a statement later on Friday.

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