NORTH CAROLINA: Boycott Threatens State’s Flagship Furniture Trade Show, Organizers Slam Anti-LGBT Law

North Carolina’s High Point Market Week bills itself as the world’s largest home furnishings industry trade show and mere days after the state’s anti-LGBT bill was signed into law, the show’s organizers say they are being deluged with attendee cancellations for next month’s convention, which delivers an estimated $5.4B to the local economy with its spring and fall events. Via press release from the High Point Market Authority:

As leaders and organizers of the High Point Market, we feel an obligation to inform the public and our government leaders in Raleigh of the significant economic damage that HB2 is having on the High Point Market and on the North Carolina economy. Based on the reaction in just the last few days, hundreds and perhaps thousands of our customers will not attend Market this April.

We would like to take this opportunity to clearly state that the High Point Market does not discriminate, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. In fact, we embrace all of our attendees and believe that the diversity of the 75,000 people who attend Market is one of our greatest assets and strengths.

We also greatly appreciate our partners in Raleigh in both the executive and legislative branches who have worked to strengthen the High Point Market in recent years and who provide us with a significant portion of our budget. We believe it is vital for them to be kept informed of the public’s reaction to HB2, and to the significant economic damage that this controversy is causing.

We also feel an obligation to inform all of the Market’s stakeholders about this legislation and its impact. Our most important stakeholders are our buyers, including both retailers and designers. Other stakeholders include roughly 2000 exhibitors, over 100 landlords, the City of High Point and its citizens and the people and businesses in surrounding communities – many of whom owe their jobs to the economic activity generated by the High Point Market.

  • heh. good! mccrory, you’d better start backpedaling as fast as you can. shit like this won’t stop.

    • Cuberly

      But there’s a basket sportsball thing…and stuff…go team!

    • Chucktech

      Too late… Hey, NC! This is truly going to suck for you. Pity…

  • CQCQCQ

    This is just the beginning.

  • Rex

    Hatred and bigotry are an expensive business.

    • Bad Tom

      Or, are expensive TO business.

  • Menergy

    “Money talks”….and this is freedom of speech in action, NC!

    • John P.

      At least the Georgia governor knew better (or was told so!).

  • JW Swift

    [in my best Mr. Burns imitation] Excellent!

  • JoeMyGod

    Anybody who watches HGTV knows that gays dominate the home design industry.

    • Ernest Endevor

      I’m shocked. I did not know that.

      • Gustav2

        So am I!

        • From my surrounding, I sure as hell didn’t.

    • Rex

      Gays probably make up 90% of HGTV viewers.

      • MBear

        isn’t that why it’s called Hopelessly Gay TV?

    • SunnyDay

      It reminds me of America’s Next Top Model* hopefuls that show up and bleat out what they think about “teh gays” to Tyra, Mr. Jay and Ms. Jay. Uh, do you notice who you’re talking to? Let alone the industry you want to work in? Bitch, please!

      *don’t judge me!

    • hiker_sf

      And we should pressure stores like Macy’s, West Elm and others to stop buying furniture from North Carolina. I have to buy two sofas sometime during the summer and I’d rather buy crap from China that stuff manufactured in North Carolina.

      • unsavedheathen

        Relatively no furniture sold by Macy’s, or most other retailers in the US, is manufactured in NC. It’s all China and Vietnam and Indonesia. The only retailer still manufacturing in the state, to my knowledge, is Mitchell-Gold. Gay-owned and operated, superior quality and very vocal in their opposition to this law.

        I do not work for them.

        • band

          Room & Board, Blu Dot

        • hdtex

          Mitchell Gold/ Bob Williams are also the manufacturer of a lot of branded lines from Restoration Hardware, Crate and Barrel, William Sonoma Home and some of the higher end Pottery Barn lines. The founders are both great people.

        • Steve

          There are still several good companies in NC who make sofas etc. Fairfield Chair is an excellent example of good quality furniture. I do not work for them either but have been a customer for a number of years. Home grown and manufactured in NC. We need to keep these good companies in the US but maybe just not in NC.

      • olandp

        There is very little that is manufactured in NC these days, it mostly comes from China through NC.

        • Phil2u

          This is unfortunately true. N.C. manufactured furniture is outrageously expensive. There is a market for it, but it is quite limited.

          • Steve

            Fairfield Chair is a very affordable line made in NC. Used them for years for my very middle class clients. There is a lot more made in NC than people realize. We need to get the NC Government back on board with rights and dignity for all people.

    • Todd20036

      Yeah, that’s why when the Bigot Twins nearly got a show on HGTV, enough subscribers said if the show goes on, the channel goes off.

    • TheManicMechanic

      Or tried to, aka Benham brothers. /s

  • Ninja0980

    Talk is cheap, quit making these threats and do it already!

  • ceeenbee

    Cue up the martyred whining.

    • Frostbite

      Right, remember, when you boycott for Jeebus it’s ok, but when you boycott because of Jeebus that’s simply unfair!

      • wmforr

        The difference is that our boycotts have teeth. Tell me, is Disney still quaking in their boots over the Baptists boycotting them?

  • AJD

    Don’t expect religious teabaggers to care. Economic pain is just a little speed bump on the road to godly righteousness. Jesus will provide. That’s why the south is so abundantly wealthy despite being a hotbed of bigotry and backwardness (sarcasm).

    • Chris Baker

      God will provide! Except when the government raises our taxes! Or Obamacare raises my insurance premiums! I don’t think God knows how high my taxes are!

      /sarcasm

      Their beliefs are not consistent. There is a pastor on my Facebook feed who was observing how his healthcare premiums were skyrocketing after Obamacare (“the President said my premiums would not go up!”). I wrote “don’t you believe that God will provide all your needs?” Anyway…

      • olandp

        Because health insurance premiums never went up before Obamacare.

        • wmforr

          My sister-in-law, who used to be intelligent but now gets all her opinions from her redneck-wannabe husband, refuses to get this point.
          She used to admire Hillary. Now it’s “the e-mails! Benghazi!”

      • wmforr

        There was a time when churches refuse to install lightning rods, because it would show they didn’t trust G*d. And, of course, with their spires churches were the most vulnerable buildings.
        But the Lord will provide. Just ask Gov. Rick Perry how they prayed away the drought.

    • Cboulder

      Fortunately, as NC’S biggest bio-tech competitor, IL is more than happy to invite any aggrieved North Carolinian refugees to our state for work and more. Moreover, we aren’t very fond of discrimination as the bigots from Catholic Charities can attest

      • Christopher Smith

        Uh, Colorado Springs is a haven for hatred. For many years now.

    • wmforr

      That’s why they all love Bobby Jindal for ruining Louisiana’s economy and Sam Brownshirt for destroying Kansas. It seems that they will do everything possible to harm themselves and then blame the libruls with their last breath.

  • Prion

    • Ginger Snap

      Reminds me of the BBQ scene from Fried Green Tomatoes.

  • BobSF_94117

    the significant economic damage that this controversy is causing

    It ain’t the “controversy” that’s causing the damage.

    • b

      Fired, just because you are gay or lesbian or trans? Denied service, just because you are gay or lesbian or trans?? NO THANK YOU. Basic hospitality means no visit to an inhospitible state.

  • Blake Jordan

    So they are not planning to move the event…

    Time for another state with protections to step in and start stealing clients from this expo.

    • Mark

      High Point is home to many furniture manufacturers, such as Stickley, Brayton, Brown Jordan, Bernhardt and countless others. Many of them very high end so it’s not necessarily feasible to ship all that furniture elsewhere. I used to be in the industry and went to High Point and always had a great time – glad I’m no longer a part of it.

      • TJay229

        I should have been your friend then…. I love Henredon

        • Mark

          Henredon is incredible! I do have some of my classic Eames furniture still but at least it was made in MI – back then, MI wasn’t as hate laden.

      • furniture isn’t alive; it doesn’t get hurt when you move it. there’s also the internet, and other technologies which allow people to view a product. “it’s close and saves a high end store shipping fees” does not motivate me.

        what motivates me is that i see a whole mess of gay people in this industry and it’s time they flexed their muscles.

        here’s an idea: have it in Detroit! it’s so cheap there, with so much convention space, the savings will more than pay for the shipping and insurance for taking their precious show couch out of the state for a weekend.

        • Mark

          You know nothing of moving furniture. Wood scratches, things get dropped and severe damage can be done. The furniture industry was my business for 30 years. I know what I am talking about.

          When looking at furniture, as a buyer / designer, online can do only so much. Pieces that cost thousands of dollars have to be treated like fine china.

        • Ginger Snap

          Excellent idea CD.

    • Chris Baker

      To be fair, High Point is a center of furniture. The spring market has been going on for decades. A lot of companies have booths and showrooms in the area. I imagine it’s kind of difficult to move something of this scale in such a short time period –it’s 3 weeks away. Sort of like moving the Folsom Street Fair out of California.

    • Cboulder

      I think Kewanee, IL is known for high – quality furniture craftsmanship and Illinois doesn’t tolerate discrimination in any sense.We even booted Catholic Charities for their unwillingness to place adoptive children with same-sex couples.I’m sure the state would love to recoup some of that blue state tax revenue that the old South has been glutting themselves on for years. Tell your fellow Carolinians that Illinois is open for business!

  • MBear

    oh the suffering. ..the sweet suffering

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Times have changed and this sort of crap just won’t fly anymore. In a free market, people don’t have to come to your state to do business. People don’t have to visit for any reason. What these bigots fail to understand is that there are plenty of people of faith who don’t want to discriminate and that the LGBT community has more allies than ever before. And those allies won’t accept discrimination aimed at their family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

    I hope the governor has a sturdy umbrella for the shit that’s about to start pouring down on him.

    • Snarkaholic

      Touche’, bigots!

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      This little dino is happy to personally contribute a fresh dino-sized steamin’ pile.

    • LovesIrony

      I hope his umbrella blows away and he gets covered in it,…oh look my hope has come to fruition.

      • sam

        I think this is excellent news…………..and yes SNORTING LOL………..what to do, what to do………….
        Well I am sure they ( the state ) does not need the income, since they will be fighting the various court cases, loose those case and payout some more money, which they obviously have disposal income base.
        The Governor and all could go to their religious friends to “take up a collection” if needed. They be glad to donate the billions of dollars needed……………..I LOVE IT.

      • Harley

        That’s ok. I’m sure the churches that promoted this bigoted law will be more than happy to start paying taxes to make up for the lost revenue that state is loosing over this law.

        • Ken Berry

          They will reduce education spending first.

          • russell conrad lewis

            They have a budget for education?
            Who knew!!! 🙂

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        LOL, as has been pointed out, I might be a bit too nice.

        • LovesIrony

          hm, never has it been said that I am a bit too nice…

    • Todd20036

      Besides, the market doesn’t have to discriminate. The state does that for them. Tough luck.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I’m also reminded of how the world is getting smaller. State boundaries mean less, given peoples’ mobility, how business is conducted, and more. It’s really hard to say, “We do it this odd, different way, and you guys can go to hell if you don’t like it.” Well, people *don’t* like it, and they’ll take their money and go elsewhere.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Many businesses are conducted online theses days. These people do not seems to understand customers inside or outside of the states have the flexibility to shop just about anywhere. In an ever increase competitive business market, not just among the states within the country but with foreign country such as the power house China, a little state like North Carolina can ill afford to play stupid politic catering to a fringe group of self-entitled nincompoops.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        The world is much smaller today than it was 20 years ago. The Internet has been a game changer.

    • So interesting to watch it all play out 🙂

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Yes, it is. We are most definitely watching history being made. Big culture changing history.

    • Joseph Miceli

      See, you are a nice person. I hope all his umbrellas are broken.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Yeah, too nice sometimes.

    • GayEGO

      Too funny and well said! Let’s put him on the hopper where he is going!
      Flushhhhhhhhhh!
      .|.|.|.|
      VVVV

  • BeaverTales

    A beautiful state populated by ugly bigots. Pity.

    The McCrorys of the world need to be reminded daily that if they want to do business with grownups, they need to act like grownups.

  • JT

    Maybe for NC this will mark a return to an economic Appalachian Spring.

  • TominDC

    Arch-hater Orson Scott Card lives right next door in Greensboro!

    I’d pay real dollars to see the hand-wringing/panty-twisting going on in that house.

  • Gustav2

    As leaders and organizers of the High Point Market we want to assure our clients THEY will be fine. You bring a lot of money to the area for a short period, but you might not want to live here.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      As leaders and organizers of the High Point Market we want to alert everyone that North Carolina politicians have reached a new LOW POINT mark in disgusting pandering and ignorance.

    • studd55

      Special notice from High Point Market Week. Please read carefully.

      We want to inform our clients that once you step off of the High Point Market properties you are on your own. You can be refused accommodations at your reserved hotel room, you can be refused service at your reserved dining establishment, you can be refused service if you are planning to celebrate a wedding, you can be arrested for using a public restroom and you are suspected of being a gender that doesn’t match to a Christian citizens interpretation of who you are and will be arrested upon their complaint.

      That’s how we roll here in North Carolina.

      • Gustav2

        Don’t forget you need a certified copy of your birth certificate to take a piss.

        • wmforr

          I thought they had State Genital inspectors at every restroom.

      • B Snow

        This. It doesn’t even have to be a threat of boycott, it’s an actual concern that attendees will show up and not have a place to stay or be able to eat in a restaurant or even use a public bathroom. No conference can afford to put their attendees in such an uncertain, uncomfortable position.

  • Jimmie Z

    “Our most important stakeholders are our buyers, including both retailers and designers.”
    O girl, NO! — You didn’t piss off your designers? A bitch’ll cut’cha!

  • chris james

    This will only help the furniture market show competition out in Las Vegas…bye-bye North Carolina.

  • jayjonson

    Good. Maybe you can relocate to a state that protects the rights of all its citizens.

  • LovesIrony

    Thank you and a great big bear hug to all that canceled,

  • DaddyRay

    Hate certainly is expensive

  • Butch

    We own an upholstery shop (or “upholstery studio,” if you look like you have a lot of money); a huge amount of this business has gone overseas in the last few years – one of the reasons we have to compete with the $200 couches that come out of the Chinese sweatshops – and it would be a big deal for North Carolina if this show suffers because so much of what’s left of the industry in the U.S. is located there.

    • TJay229

      1) I love Highpoint. Especially Good’s Furniture. They have the most Henredon (besides Henredon themselves) at excellent prices.

      2) Where are you located? Do you just uploster or make sofas too?

      • Butch

        We’re in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the part of the state between Wisconsin and Lake Superior; we normally upholster but we could team with a local builder if you needed a custom sofa. If you happen to see my reply, you can reach us at [email protected]. (Note the double M in alphacomm.) My name really is Butch and I’ll get back to you.

  • The Professor

    Good. Starve em out.

  • studd55

    Economic sanctions.

    • zhera

      No, free market. If you want to survive, get with the program. You right-wings usually love that…

      • Todd20036

        I don’t think Studd55 is right wing.
        It’s more like we are applying a domestic version of economic sanctions against bigotry.
        And it’s working.

  • Dramphooey

    Well, considering your show is in North Carolina maybe you should solicit the right kind of buyer. http://www.bettybowers.com/marge.html

  • LovesIrony

    When I called the governor’s office, the dweeb representative kept telling me to read the bill. I told him to read the writing on the wall. This law was enacted by special session to over ride Charlotte’s lgbt inclusive ordinance. This is pure animosity to lgbt people and all your flubbering defense of this right to discriminate against them is just unbelievable. He said he’s been receiving a lot of calls and had to go. I said a lot of people don’t like your states bigotry.

  • zhera

    I’m fucking lovin’ it!

    The haters are blind to the tide, standing still while the water rises above their heads.

  • Frostbite

    Actions have consequences. Enjoy the windfall GOPers who voted this stinking turd in.

  • TJay229

    I was waiting for this glass to drop.

    I love and I mean LOVE Highpoint (I bought my first Ralph Lauren Bed there) …. And they love us Gheys. They don’t discriminate against ANYONE, and it’s a shame that they have to suffer due to a bunch of idiots and assholes.

    What I don’t get, is that (not sounding stereotypical but just telling the truth) Don’t these pols have wife’s that use interior decorators…. Get their hair done by gay men, hell they wear Marc Jacob’s, Michael Kors and a host of others yet don’t tell their husbands (or remember) that We are ppl too? They want to use our creativity when it suits them, then discriminate the rest of the time. Silly.

    I wish we could deny them our creativity sometimes.

    • KT

      There are so many people who interact with gay people in their everyday life and even consider them “friends” but do not hesitate to discriminate against them in law. I imagine we all interact with co-workers and friends each day who vote for anti-gay pols and probably are in favor of the NC law. It sucks.

      • TJay229

        You may be right.
        I guess after moving from the South and into the NYC bubble, I forget that… Thanks for reminding me.

    • lymis

      I’m sure the justification is that “nobody is forced by the law to discriminate. WE can still use our gay designers, decorators, caterers and suppliers. This just lets people who don’t want to be free not to.”

  • Michael Rush

    North Carolina is losing credenzability .

    • Cuberly

      Oooooo..bad Michael…bad…you deserve a timeout for that one.

      • KnownDonorDad

        He’ll just have to table his comments for now.

        • Cuberly

          Not you too! Alright, to the corner with ya.

          • JCF

            …to the sectional.

          • Cuberly

            Grrrrr…….

    • Get Real

      This looks like a good inside joke. Plz explain for us outsiders…

      • outsiders don’t use furniture? well, i guess patio furniture isn’t “real.” 😉

        • Brian in Valdosta

          It’s only real in Ireland.

          • JCF

            Ouch!

        • James Edgard

          remember when ?

      • Todd20036

        A credenza is a type of patio furniture.

    • boatboy_srq

      That’s a horrible way to couch a phrase.

      • Robincho

        NoCal is sofa king stoopid…

    • Wottoman!!!

    • Gerry Fisher

      [groan]

    • Knockon Wood

      NC officials are trying to cushion the blow in many sectionals of the state. They think things will turn out suite, but duvet really know what they’re doing?

      • 2karmanot

        win!

    • Robincho

      Are these guys chandelirious, or what! You can only ensconce so much hate, and then it’s curtains…

    • David

      Yass!

    • James Edgard

      pardon me if a play arm chair quarterback

  • LovesIrony

    Governor McCorbigotory’s comment line: 919-814-2050 is getting a lot of calls, should get some more perhaps yours.

    • Richard

      “mailbox is full and there is no one available to assist you right now”
      Guess I will just have to try again every hour and I damn sure will

      • LovesIrony

        Thank you Richard.

  • JT

    The christofascist haters are completely clueless about how this is turning against them. But then, cluelessness comes from living in an echo chamber that echoes the vile hatred they hear every Sunday.

  • Alan43

    Good. Now if only we could get people to boycott barbecue and tobacco…

  • unsavedheathen

    Anyone who has ever attended High Point market knows the degree to which gay men are involved and represented… clients, vendors, display, hospitality, venues… Amazing to me that this outcome wasn’t foreseen by the industry and didn’t instigate a big push against the law’s passage.

    Talk about cutting off your nose.

    • lymis

      I’m not sure how much warning anyone had to initiate a pushback. Charlotte passed it’s nondiscrimination law and the state legislature kicked into emergency high gear and pushed the thing through in a single day.

  • Napoleonva

    I’ll be driving through North Carolina on Friday, 180 miles worth. I will not spend a penny in the state while doing so.

    • Reality Check

      My fiance and I are finally going to Charleston after the state removed the Confederate flag but we decided to take Amtrak instead so that we will not have to stop anywhere in North Carolina.

    • Napoleonva

      May stop and let the dogs take a nice dump though.

  • where does the $5B figure come from? not trying to be a bitch, but 75,000 visitors 2X/yr = $5B? these must be big spenders.

    that said, it’s nice to see an industry openly recognize that hate isn’t fashionable. this is one of the industries that should be the loudest on the issue of bullshit buybull hater bills. i can think of some others, but my sister is the convention planner in this family so i guess i’ll talk to her. lots of other conventions don’t need to happen in a number of states.

    • hudson11

      i expect that a large part of the 5.5B comes from orders placed at the show, especially from large retailers

      • that’s $36K per attendee. that seems a little high to me. and anyway, the question i have is how much of that money actually stays in this town in NC? i can place an order and pay a company in CA, using your ordering device while i’m visiting you in NC. the money stays in CA.

        i’m guessing the estimate has to do with the overall industry in the area, which is not the same thing as a shingdig that lasts a few days in one town in the state. this is gesture, at this point (they haven’t pulled out yet, have they?) and a good one. but there’s more to be done here if we want to throw around numbers like $5B. we actually do have that kind of power. let’s use it. but not with polemic and bad math.

        • charliebkk

          Actually, $36K isn’t all that much when you’re talking high-end furniture. A couple of sofas, armoires, dining table and accessories can easily add up to that. And that is just individual designers. A local posh furniture store from a prosperous city might go and order half a mil worth of stuff for their showroom.

          • ok, thanks! then it really is time to flex our might. no shopping for couches in NC anymore, you spendy bitches. 😉

          • charliebkk

            But do make an exception for Mitchell/Gold. They have been supporting local LGBT orgs across the south for well over 25 years, not just with corporate policy, but with their pocketbooks. I was in the furniture/design biz for years, and those guys were always generous as hell.

    • Bobby P

      I imagine part of that includes what people spend on food, lodging, entertainment and the likes. I could be wrong but there is always the boost to the local community to consider.

    • lymis

      Not sure if this is the specific event or not, but I know that some of these events are hosted with the intention that designers and distributors come to choose their product lines. So, if this event is like that, it wouldn’t be just the lost revenue for what people are tossing into the back of their own cars and driving off with, but what designers, distributors, store chains, and catalogue buyers might be adding to their product lines for the year, or for multi-year contracts. Those sales could easily run into the big bucks fast.

      So yes, the corporate buyers for large retail chains would certainly count as “big spenders.” And, in fact, especially if the chains they work for are sensitive to things like LGBT issues, going with another supplier could have a huge impact on North Carolina manufacturers. Especially because of corporate inertia – if they do make a shift to another supplier in an LGBT friendly state, even if this law were repealed or judicially voided, there’s no guarantee at all that they’d cancel those new contracts and come back, or if the new suppliers do well, ever do business with the North Carolina supplier again.

    • MickinDetroit

      its a trade show.. .they’re extrapolating purchases made by buyers for retailers. (i’m guessing like all Convention/CofC “estimates” there is a fair amount of exaggeration there…but still it’s probably the biggest trade show in NC)

    • MrSkippy

      It’s not just the direct dollars they’re talking about, it’s the economic impact. Each dollar has the impact of 2 or 3 or more dollars.

      Anytime you have a large event they figure on how much will be spent at the hotels, the bars, the restaurants and such. Then they take THOSE sales and pass them on again to the next round.

      So you come into a show, spend 1k around town and they count it 3 or 4 times as your money spreads around town. That’s the economic impact.

      It’s a bunch of weird economics and some of it is likely total bullshit. But when I helped host a local roller derby tournament we’d see the same effects. We might only bring in a couple hundred grand but it counted as a 2 or 3 million impact.

  • studd55

    What’s the threshhold in dollars when economics overcome Jesus?

  • That’s ok. Bigots can just furnish their homes with plastic milk crates for a while and see how they like a skim milk life.

    • UiscePreston

      Milk crates and tires are what supply foundations to their finer domiciles.

  • DaveW

    So sad, in that this is totally unnecessary

    I’m still amazed an “executive” could get something so obvious so wrong.

    Legislators, especially at the state level are notoriously yokel and failures in real jobs, but the governor just depresses me.

  • bkmn

    With a little luck this might be the straw that broke NC’s GOP back.

    • David Walker

      It will be interesting to see how they play the martyr on this. Actually, I’m incredibly pleased at all the reaction HB2 is generating…and without HRC’s cocktail party expertise. The potential of losing $5.4B ought to have a little impact, and the reason why will be difficult to explain. And how it was done will be hard to justify as the money drifts away. Tee hee.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    WOW! That would be amazing that about a month after they pass this absurd, hateful law, they lose billions of dollars.That would be a powerful statement. Sad that the people of North Carolina have to suffer with such a hateful, incompetent, Government.

    • Todd20036

      Meh. They elected said hateful, incompetent Government.

    • David Walker

      For the most part, you get the government you voted for. However, it’s very possible the voters didn’t realize that when their elected assholes got together as a group, this would happen. Or it may be what they hoped for. What bothers me is that the people who didn’t vote for these shits have to put up with their hatreds and bigotries.

      • MickinDetroit

        yes they did. each and every one of them would be re-elected today as well. the majority of the south are unreconstructed bigots and homophobes.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        I have life long friends that are like family to me. They moved from Long Island to Burlington, NC. I can’t figure out why.

        • wmforr

          My sister-in-law’s husband left her and their two adopted children to move to NC where his family is. She refused to go. (Her in-law’s reacted to her second adoption of a Korean baby with, “Another one of those?”)
          He’s a furniture maker. I’m sure his former daughters (one now a doctor, the other a teacher) wish total economic depression on North Carolina. Their gay uncles stepped in when they were kids and helped raise them.

      • boatboy_srq

        All it takes is sitting out one election because a) you trust your neighbors not to be b#stards or b) pols are all alike.

  • J S

    Boycott Market Week at High Point Market. If we learned anything from Georgia its that business losses strike fear in the hearts of bigoted legislators and Governors. Cancel your displays. Cancel your buying trip. Cancel your designer inquiries. Write management and tell them why. Use that Twitter. Make Facebook work for something positive. Governor McCrory is out there telling people there will be zero impact, that he’s only getting positive comments about his “license to discriminate.” Make him a liar. Turn up the heat if you feel passionate about reversing this awful, awful law.

    • MickinDetroit

      in this case, this is closing the barn doors after the horses have escaped. The law is already enacted. all this noise is a few weeks late.

      • TexasBoy

        Never too late to reconsider and rescind the stupid law.

        • MickinDetroit

          I think it’s FAR easier to stop a law like GA’s with a veto than getting this bunch of mouth breathers to enact a repeal.

      • David Walker

        In another post I mentioned that the one time I recall PA legislators rescinding a law that, of course, was designed to benefit them, was when they passed themselves a sizable raise in pay and signed by the governor literally in the dark of night while other legislation was being hammered out. When word got out about this (we had journalists Back Then), the citizenry was so pissed off that they demanded the law be rescinded…and it was, except for the judiciary pay raises because you can’t decrease judiciary pay. I don’t remember if it was an election year or not, but I do recall that it was one of the biggest house (and senate) cleanings ever.

        • MickinDetroit

          sure. but in this case, the majority of the populace in NC sees nothing wrong with this. This is uppity gheys and their hollywood liberals and PC elites from out state trampling on the voter’s god given freedoms.

      • wmforr

        That’s why they passed the law in the dark of night, in the grand American tradition of open government.

        • MickinDetroit

          well, that’s because of all the slander and scurrilous accusations that were going to follow. The attempt was an effort to avoid wasting all the good god fearing taxpayer’s money on this activist PC nonsense.

          /sarc

  • edrex

    Yeah… I grew up there. High Point overlaps with Davidson County, one of the more right wing and homophobic/racist counties in the state. (And in NC that’s sayin’ something.)

    • David Walker

      Is that Davidson College country? I had a friend who went there for one year and started working on transferring out after the first semester.

      • edrex

        No. Davidson College is in the town of Davidson, which is actually just outside of Charlotte. in fact — http://www.davidson.edu/news/news-stories/160325-college-statement-on-recent-north-carolina-legislation

        • David Walker

          Thank you.

        • David Walker

          Wow. The link didn’t make it to your original post. That’s outstanding.

      • Phil2u

        Davidson is a great school, but it’s location is essentially rural (though not far from Charlotte).

        • David Walker

          Thanks. edrex included a link to a statement released by the college saying that HB2 will not change their anti-discrimination policy. Good for them.

  • Michael White

    My husband and I are in the market for new furniture. We will not buy anything from this hater state.

    • David Walker

      Understood, but give a little thought to Mitchell-Gold. It’s gay-owned and I’m told their craftsmanship is superb. It might be fun to pointedly support a gay business whilst boycotting the rest.

      • hdtex

        Exactly. Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams and exemplary advocates for progressive ideals. Mitchell is calling for a BUYcott.

        • David Walker

          I hope it works. I love the idea of buying a gay-owned business’s product while boycotting others. We’ll win this fight yet.

          • Octavio

            I do too. However, they are still located in North Carolina. 🙁

      • TrollopeReader

        Buy it out of state, and have it shipped, so NC doesn’t get any sales tax.

        • David Walker

          Good solution.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I have an antique corner cupboard you can have. It’s totally gay friendly!

  • TexasBoy

    Imagine that, a home interior design show, is having cancellations because it is in a very GLBT unfriendly state.

    • Treant

      I know, right? Next thing you know, the Male Hairdresser’s Convention won’t be well-attended.

  • D. J.

    The NC politicians certainly have short memories.
    They faced pretty much the same shit storm when they passed their ‘marriage’ protection amendment and were fighting in the circuit court.
    Their bigotry had a very bright light shined upon it then.
    Some people never learn.

  • TexasBoy

    Dear politicians, perhaps you should have thought about NC business that export to other states. There are several North Carolina Furniture Direct stores in gay friendly states that may not be doing so well now.

  • fuow

    Definitely an opportunity to punish the mother fucking asswipe bastards.
    And by that, I mean the Democrats who voted for this in the House.
    Why the fucking hell hasn’t my party the balls and the spine to drum them out?
    Sigh.
    This is one reason I don’t get angry at Bill Perdue. He’s right about the blue-dawgs who run my party in shitholes like this.

    • MickinDetroit

      isn’t this the state where all the democrats walked out before the vote?
      /edit
      “The debate took a tense three hours, and the Senate’s Democratic contingency walked out in protest, although all Republicans and 12 House Democrats voted for the measure”

      Ire at blue dogs noted and agreed… however those 12 didn’t pass this measure.

      • cheakamus

        Senate, not house.

        • MickinDetroit

          yup. corrected.. thanks.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        I know! It gets confusing!

      • fuow

        Only in the Senate. Here’s the list of the slimemold asswipes in the House who disgrace the name of my party: Reps. Larry Bell, William Brisson, Elmer Floyd, Ken Goodman, Charles Graham, George Graham, Ed Hanes, Garland Pierce, Robert Reives, Michael Wray.
        These blue-dawgs should be drummed out of the party. They’re useless filth.

  • Robert Hill

    Move the market to another state… problem solved!

    • Stubenville

      That would be rather hard; many of the showrooms are permanent and moving large amounts of furniture for a trade show would be expensive.

      • Todd20036

        So is cancelling the market all together, which could happen if enough dealers pull out.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I am canceling my order for 50,000 divans immediately.

    • Octavio

      But you will still accept delivery on all of those strings of pearls, right? 🙂

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        No. Not if from NC. I have principles.

  • Secure

    All that work wasted. Thousands of people working thousands of hours over the years to make their convention a success. Ruined because some Christians in NC can’t tolerate other humans.

  • Ouch. NC is an important furniture manufacturing center. This is going to hurt, bad.

  • Queequeg

    It’s unfortunate that those businesses that do not discriminate have to suffer because of the assholes in the state legislature and the governor who impose these types of laws on an entire state. That said, we won’t be visiting North Carolina, even though we enjoyed seeing Biltmore on past vacations.

    • sherman

      I sent Biltmore an email saying they have been high on my list of places to visit, but that visit will have to be postponed as long as the bigotry law is on the books.

      • Queequeg

        Good for you. Biltmore is worth seeing, especially in the spring when the azaleas bloom, but it is not worth compromising your principles.

      • Christopher Smith

        Biltmore is outrageously overpriced and overrated.

        • sherman

          From a person just whining that I was negative. LOL

          • Christopher Smith

            From the ultimate whiner who moans that nothing can be done and why should we even try? Biltmore would suit you perfectly: pretentious, self-impressed, and uppity. LOL

    • wmforr

      Oh, but the Governor assured us that businesses who do not discriminate will not be forced to discriminate. How Christian of him.

      • Queequeg

        He’s full of shit, as you already know.

  • Paula

    I remember when NC banned same sex marriage. The fundies were on TV celebrating with wedding cake and champagne. They were laughing and cheering for themselves.
    Now they are seeing consequences for their hatred and they are not happy about it. Its long past time that they feel some of the consequences of their hatred.

  • Ian

    Fuck ’em.

  • Phil2u

    I lived in H.P. for six years and it’s a strange place. It is a small town that becomes a big city twice a year. As one can imagine, the influx of decorators and florists is legendary, as well as escorts. Any business there that would dare discriminate would be doomed.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Escorts? 😉

      • Paula

        Luggage lifters..

  • TheSeer

    Don’t worry NC, Cottonelle Stutzman will come to your market week with some beautiful arrangements.

    • M Jackson

      Plus an ADF lawyer and half-dozen photographers.

  • Blackfork

    IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID. That old line is valid in every election, and at all times, and certainly in every situation regarding government-sanctioned discriminatory legislation.

  • Octavio

    Now that’s what I call design conscious economic protest. 🙂

  • Dot Beech

    North Carolina is a fine place to labor your life away in a non-union shop and get your fingers cut off in a furniture factory. The attendees of this trade show should have been boycotting North Carolina a looooong time ago.

    It’s sad to think that the workers of North Carolina have even less support than The Gays.

  • Robert Conner

    Isn’t it part of the GOP Gospel that “the market” solves everything that Jesus can’t? Well, Christers, here’s the market’s answer!

    • Todd20036

      They only thought that when the market didn’t care about LBGT rights.

      • Robert Conner

        Except now the “market” is interior decorators. Just how stupid are these people? (Rhetorical question. We know they’re stoopid.)

  • Stubenville

    I do feel sorry for the people who are not haters who are going to be hurt by the backlash. This is why local and state elections are important.

  • dcurlee

    I feel sorry for the rest nnocent people that will be the ones to suffer because of the actions of the idiots that pushed this but unfortunately this will cost them. The arrogance of the governor makes me ill

    • Then I hope they remember this object lesson when election day rolls around.

  • bob

    High Point Market Week has more gays than fire island on a summer holiday ! They spend lots of $’s at hotels and restaurants . They move it and NC is screwed, plus all the legal bills from fighting this stupid law.

  • Jerry Hinnant

    Where was these organizers strong statements of inclusion and diversity before the bill passed? Funny how vocal they can get when money starts coming out of their pockets.

    • Patrick Thomas

      It was introduced, “debated” and signed by the governor, all within the space of 12 hours – hardly enough time for a large organization to mobilize itself. I give them a break on this.

      • Jerry Hinnant

        The thing is though the legislators had been saying since Charlotte passed their ordinance that they were going to do this so they knew it was coming. They had plenty of time to make their feelings known. They may not have known the extent of it but they should realize that discrimination against one is against all, so no free pass from me!

  • 2karmanot

    Where is General Sherman when we need him?

  • Jeffrey

    This is huge. For people who may not be familiar, my mother is an interior designer, High Point is the biggest thing in furniture and has been for decades. People come from all over the world to purchase for their homes or furniture showrooms. Losing that, which I sincerely hope they wise up, would be devastating to their economy.

  • Christopher Smith

    Yes! The High Point furniture market is a BIG commercial deal. Hit ’em where it hurts…..

  • Ernst Stavro Blofeld

    Burn in hell.

  • JCF

    So you’re saying a few INTERIOR DESIGNERS may be LGBT/straight ally, hmmm?

    North Carolina—

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  • customartist

    I worked there in the furniture industry. Retailers come from all over the world.
    It is such a large show that you literally cannot see it all in the 9 or 10 days that it goes on.
    The city of High Point swells from about 50k to about 150k twice per year.
    Even furniture that is manufactured elsewhere and abroad is shown there.
    It’s a BIG economic deal. Furniture is made and retailed all over the region.

    Keep up the pressure. Call the High Point chamber of commerce. Be nice. The chamber will pass on your calls to the legislature to be sure. Truly the people in High Point are not bigoted and are accustomed to gays. They know that LGBT’s bring them the business. They are at the mercy of their legislator and they don’t like this any more than you do.

    You can also call the Hickory Chamber of commerce, or actual retailers like Boyles, or Furnitureland South which is the largest furniture retailer in the world, and accessory dealers like Zaki’s Rugs. You can also call or email actual Furniture Retailers like Century, Baker, Bernhardt, Henredon, Drexel Heritage, Michael Thomas, Wesley Hall, etc., etc. Google High Point or Hickory Furniture for extensive lists of manufacturers. They do care. Again, be nice. Contacting them will make a difference.

  • paulmorgan01

    oh SHIT…they pissed off “the GAYS” with the tape measures and fabric swatches!

  • leastyebejudged

    It’s hurting the wrong people, but oh well, it’s progress.

  • James Edgard

    Our company will no longer buy Thomasville furniture for our New home displays , I have to use UPS . i have no choice .Loews and Home depot or N. Carolina , but i can buy most of my stuff from a local hardware store

  • jonfromcalifornia

    Toad Starnes has encouraged states with these hate laws to just give the “heave-ho” to those who want to boycott the state over the laws. I say, do it.

  • Glen

    Ooops.

    Can’t they just bring in their GOD to settle this whole thing.

    Poor babies. Why isn’t their almighty ruler and creator of the entire universe DOING something for them!?

    It sure does make one wonder.

  • kbhit

    Charlotte made it illegal for companies to fire somebody because they are gay. The state of NC said heck no to that, made it legal to discriminate again (plus a whole bunch of other bad things), and made it illegal for local govts to do the right thing. It’s a shame that these senators are making other states laugh at NC.

  • warren

    What would make the difference is if the vendors who foot the bulk of the bill for these types of shows made it clear that they either move the show out of the state for next year or they will not participate. Not to mention the celebrity and leading designers that are the mover shakers of the multi billion dollar industry. A few thousand people not showing up is bad, a few vendors that fork over major dollars and draw buyers, now that would be a nightmare!

  • Bobbie Jo Justice

    The hate filled bigots in NC deserve everything that is happening to them.

    Obviously the word ALL in the phrase LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL is a touch too difficult for republicans from NC.

  • scott

    Perhaps the convention can muster the religious leaders and associated congregations who substantiate the associated politicians aligned with the bill to financially absorb the loss? Come on RWFundChristians of NC and the U.S. send your money and support to the convention. Practice what you preach and teach!

  • Tom C

    McCrory and other Republican slime have to be made aware of the effects of their evil actions on the economy!…and the public should be aware of the reactions of these vile Republicans to the ill effects, and make them accountable!

  • Philip White

    As a proud North Carolinian, this law both disturbs and saddens me. But, this is coming from the same Legislature that tried to establish an “OFFICIAL” State Religion a while back. The GOP has a Super Majority in NC right now, meaning that they literally get whatever they want. They have gerrymandered the State so much that my District in Wilmington, which is pretty much as far east and South as you get, is in the same voting district as Johnston County, in the middle of the State, over a two hours drive. They have done this to ensure their reelection. When you can’t win by following the rules, they just changed the rules. It truly saddens me to see what the asshats are doing to a State that I dearly Love. I never would have thought that I wiuld support a Boycott if my favorite State, but it needs to be done.

  • Cecil Harvell

    This is pitiful statement! I understand it is all about money and business, but the Market should DEMAND the repeal of the legislation. In fact, it should postpone the Market until the legislation is repealed ( I understand difficult and painful ). However, if done, the legislation would disappear in DAYS.

  • Lou Kief

    High Point isn’t the only furniture market in the USA. Buyers and sellers have other places with more facilities and things to do than going to High Point NC twice a year. I hope every person who was planning to attend the market will cancel their trip and let the market officials know why.

  • Peter

    Maybe this year we will attend the Las Vegas market for the first time. Market dates are July 31 to Aug 4th. Nevada is on Human Rights Campaign Org
    web site as top 20 states that are taking legislative action to strengthen human rights and end LGBT discrimination. http://www.hrc.org/blog/millions-of-lgbt-people-across-america-still-denied-basic-statewide-non-dis

  • Dwayne Daughtry

    HB2 has perhaps fueled a fire that cant be extinguished. For nearly a decade the High Point Market has battled against Las Vegas and other large cities to move its event. A key reason is hotel and flight availability, convenience mixed with nightlife. Any reason to present an excuse will surely ignite talks or discussion on how to move permanently to another city that has immediate resources and nightlife. As of today RDU and GSO has noted that flight seats for the week of April 16th have been cancelled leaving to question if some flights will be cancelled to GSO because it does not have enough passengers? Rental cars and hotels have seen dramatic cancellations too. To make matters worse for businesses such as Krispy Kreme and Pepsi are experiencing a drop in immediate revenues because of ties to NC owned businesses. Folks, this is just the beginning.

    While a similar issue happened in Indiana, it took that state over a year to find a recovery plan. Some companies simply wont return because of image issues. NC not only will have to find a way to overturn this law but to make concessions for the LGBT community. Otherwise these boycotts will become embedded as a stigma to never do business in North Carolina even if overturned.

  • Smitty503

    I exercised my right to boycott as well but today I started cancelling any agreements that I have with the anti NC bill. I guess boycotts can go both ways huh?