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HRC Message for a Call to Action

You might not live in North Carolina or Mississippi – maybe you’ve never even been there.

That doesn’t matter. What matters is that you stand in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in North Carolina and Mississippi today. Their rights have been stripped away, putting their lives at risk.

What’s happening in the South demands a national outcry. Please raise your voice today.

As I’m sure you know, North Carolina Governor McCrory signed HB 2, a hate-filled anti-LGBT bill into law. Then just yesterday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1523 — which would allow individuals, religious organizations, and private associations to use religion to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians in some of the most important aspects of their lives, including at work, at schools, and in their communities.

HRC and our coalition partners have launched a multi-pronged campaign to repeal these atrocious law. Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Reaching out to corporate America. Last week we hand-delivered a letter to Governor McCrory that more than 120 companies signed on to demanding a repeal in North Carolina. And we intend to unleash the same corporate power in Mississippi.
  • Telling stories. Of real people — like trans North Carolinians like Maddy Goss — whose lives are being affected by these vile laws.
  • Petitioning the governors and key legislators in Mississippi and North Carolina. We’ve already flooded lawmakers in both states with over 82,000 petitions.

When people hear heartfelt testimony like Maddy’s – they see that trans people are just like anyone else. They are good people who have families, contribute to society, and just want to be treated equally.

So I’m hopeful that our action will make a difference in these two states, like it did in Georgia last month – but we’ve got to keep up the drumbeat. Here’s how you can help:

Contact the governors and key legislators in Mississippi and North Carolina demanding a repeal of these discriminatory laws. Show them that the pressure of repeal is far and wide – and that a failure to act during the legislative session will have serious consequences. No matter where you live, you can have an impact on equality in North Carolina and Mississippi.

Now more than ever, it is critical that we stand united against hate and fight back in every state where LGBT rights are at risk. I am grateful for your support at this time, and always!