Community members want to hear from lawmakers on HB2

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina Legislators meet Monday for their first day back in session and many people are wondering if they will repeal HB2 or talk about an increase in teacher’s salary.

Target is the latest store allowing transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice. Many people in Pitt County said they want lawmakers to look at HB2 again.

Greenville resident Maggie King said, “I think they should really talk about how this law is very discriminatory.”

Many people in Greenville say they are sick and tired of hearing about HB2.

“No one is in the bathroom checking you out, so there is really no need to be worried about it. It’s really someone else’s personal business how they want to use the bathroom,” Jordan Lilly-Coward said.

Others say it’s more than bathrooms.

Uriah Ward explained, “It also made it difficult for cities to raise the minimum wage; it also made it easier for people to fire LGBT individuals in the state. I think that’s two parts of the bill that need to be discussed.”

Legislators are back in session on Monday and many people want to see lawmakers make changes.

“I hope the legislature takes a good hard look at what they’ve done now they are in the national spotlight and rethinks and maybe decides to repeal HB2,” Mike Brackin said.

Others hope lawmakers talk about the economic impact HB2 has already made on our state.

“Artists have stopped coming to the state, businesses, and companies, jobs that North Carolinians really need,” Maggie King said.

A group from Pitt County is heading to Raleigh Monday morning to let their opinions be heard.

Gina Cruz said, “That’s how you get things done is when you get a group of people together who want to stand up for something that is right and I think HB2 really united a lot of people.”

Both the House and Senate sessions begin at 7:00 pm.

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