26,000-Member Interior Designers Association Backs Boycott Of North Carolina’s Flagship Trade Show

As I noted several days ago, organizers of High Point Market Week, which bills itself as the world’s largest home furnishings trade show, say they are being deluged with cancellations in the wake of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signing his state’s hate bill into law. Yesterday the 26,000-member American Society of Interior Designers issued a statement backing the boycott of the event. The group adds that while they will still have a presence at the show, they will now use their forum to pressure others to “consider where they spend their money.” From their message:

A thriving business environment depends on inclusive practices that welcome all who want to participate. In fact, North Carolina prides itself on being one of the top states to establish and conduct business in the nation. Yet HB 2 sends a clear and harmful message to the contrary. As a result, numerous businesses and consumers are calling for boycotts of North Carolina’s economy and more specifically, the upcoming bi-annual High Point Market; one of the largest income producers for the state of North Carolina.

Members of the design community have not only joined these calls, but also are forgoing participation at High Point Market—at a cost to their businesses. ASID commends their actions in the name of pressuring the governor and legislature to rescind HB 2.

Similarly, ASID supports those individuals attending Market who wish to champion the many manufacturers and businesses speaking out against the new law. Laws such as HB 2, which permit discrimination, are both regressive and place individuals at risk of being denied service, lodging, employment, and business in general. Therefore, ASID encourages anyone attending Market to ask hard questions of the organizations they do business with and to consider carefully, and morally, where they spend their money.

ASID rejects discrimination of any kind and, as the voice of the profession, we expect public policies to support and protect—not jeopardize—our members, the profession, and the industry. While ASID will continue with our scheduled programming at Market, which includes a session on The Impact of Government Laws and Regulations on Your Design Business, we will evaluate future interactions and business opportunities in North Carolina as well as other states with similar laws. Our vigilance on this matter will not cease and we strongly urge all elected officials to move without delay to repeal discriminatory laws like HB 2.

High Point Market Week opens on April 15th. The spring and fall trade shows bring an estimated $5.4B to the state’s economy. (Tipped by JMG reader Michael)

  • WebSlinger
    • bkmn

      I would love to see activists in NC start leaving copies of McCrory’s face in urinals all over the state.

      • Steverino

        That would make Todd Starnes envious.

        • Robincho

          Turd stains generally want their urinals all to themselves, yo…

        • TrollopeReader

          🙂

      • Phillip in L.A.

        “I would love to see activists in NC start leaving copies of McCrory’s face in urinals all over the state.”

        Perhaps with Hizzoner’s face at the center of a target?! Love it, bkmn

  • 2patricius2

    Discrimination has its price. A new campaign slogan for McCrory: “Catering to the haters.”

    • medaka

      Yeah, label it: Hater Cater!

  • glass

    High Point Market Week needs to relocate to another state until/if NC deletes this law or loses in court, which it will.

    • Frostbite

      Why move back? Just move and never look back. Sorry NC, you had your chance, you blew it.

      • BobSF_94117

        The real economic gain for NC is in furniture manufacturing, not the show itself.

        • customartist

          It used to be this way. Today much furniture is produced in China, Indonesia, South Vietnam, etc. But the Retailers are still concentrated in NC.

          • BobSF_94117

            It still is a big business in NC, though reduced from what it was. Actual furniture production is still in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Since it was the hub of manufacturing for decades, it’s still the center of the business in North America, even if the bulk of production is now in East Asia.

    • Kruhn

      They’d have to do it next year. I’ve spoken with event organizer types and 15 days from the event is too late to cancel. Is this a national or state event.

      • glass

        The event is Spring and Fall, twice a year, they could move the Fall event if they started now.

        • customartist

          Sorry, no. Can’t be done. Refocus on the LARGER affect issue of Not purchasing furniture From NC retailers.

          • ColdCountry

            I’m not sure it couldn’t be done, but it sure wouldn’t be practical. Cancelling the fall show might be a consideration, I don’t really know.

      • Stubenville

        I’ve been marginally involved in the planning of a 25,000 person annual trade show. The host city, show venue and hotels are selected SEVEN YEARS in advance.

    • Gustav2

      NC is home to most of the US furniture manufacturing. That is why the event is there.

      • unsavedheathen

        I’m sure that you realize this, but… US furniture manufacturing is almost non-existent. I know there are still some small to medium sized companies producing, but NC is mainly just home to the companies, Broyhill, Hayworth, Bassett… that used to manufacture domestically but moved production and wood sourcing to SA and Asia starting in the 80’s.

    • customartist

      From a furniture professional formerly from High Point, moving Furniture Market away from High Point is an impossible goal.

      However, Market is but one aspect of the overall furniture industry. There are other ways to pressure the NC furniture industry.

      It is virtually impossible to NOT purchase furniture from a manufacturer that at least shows their lines in High Point or Hickory, and most will also sell their lines via retailers concentrated in the High Point and Hickory areas,…

      But, is possible to make sure to Purchase your furniture from retailers Outside of the State of NC, as opposed to having it shipped FROM NC, which much furniture is. Especially when ordering furniture online, make it a point every time to ask the retailer WHERE SPECIFICALLY the furniture is shipping FROM. Remembering to do this one thing WILL have a direct impact on North Carolina Retailers, and they in turn will pressure their legislators.

      • Mark

        Thank you – I was in the biz for years and anyone who’s not been in it has no clue what’s involved — that’d be like taking Neocon to Seattle.

        • customartist

          Moving market out of NC would be like moving the movie industry out of California

      • glass

        I agree, that NC probably handles most American furnishings. But I hate American furniture, it is so gaudy and oversized and just completely unattractive to me. I love European furniture and would buy only Ikea if I had to, which I also love. Thankfully I am not in need of any furniture for many, many years. So I guess a boycott on my part really holds little weight.

        The reality is, the High Point Market will do just fine no matter who boycotts it. NC will need to be taken to court and struck down. Then they will get the message that gay people will win the right to be protected from discrimination, and religion will lose again.

        • Mark

          Rae and Charles Eames, Florence Knoll.

          • glass

            Mies Van Der Rohe, any mid century modern.

          • Paige Turner

            You had me at Hello

          • glass

            Pull up an Emeco 1006 and we can dish. 🙂

          • Paige Turner

            Yes please!

          • Octavio

            Palatzetti

          • TuuxKabin

            gesundheit.

          • Octavio

            🙂

        • customartist

          Our rights, generally, will be obtained via the courts as opposed to via the legislatures.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          “NC will need to be taken to court and struck down. Then they will get
          the message that gay people will win the right to be protected from
          discrimination, and religion will lose again.”

          Exactly right, glass, and also, it will cost the State of NC (and its taxpayers) millions and millions of dollars in attorneys fees, just to lose big-time!

  • Silver Badger

    Well! These people’s refusal to hate is ample proof they are oppressing Christians. Besides, everyone KNOWS about “interior designers”. /s

    • Hardley

      Precisely, pissing off such a stereotypically gay profession is kinda biting the hand that feeds you, isn’t it?

      • Silver Badger

        But, but gay money is dirty money! We all know what those gay hands were doing before they touched their money! /s (Please note the sarcasm indicator.)

      • David Walker

        While your point is a good one, your premise would demand understanding, research, book-learning, and foresight on the part of the honorable members. Or their staff. Maybe the interns, but who listens to them? Besides, the interns are counting the days until graduation so they can get the hell out of North Carolina.

  • Prion

  • Kruhn

    There’s an ah-duh joke I’m not going to make there, but it’s so tempting!

    • BobSF_94117

      Oh, go on!!! That’s what the edit button is for!

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    North Carolina, creating poverty since 2016.

    • WebSlinger

      http://www.ncjustice.org/sites/default/files/PW%20Unemployment%20Unchanged%202016.jpg

      While the unemployment rate alone does not provide a comprehensive picture of our economic performance, the fact that it has not declined along with the nation signals ongoing challenges in the labor market that other economic indicators confirm. Of the 38 states that experienced a decline in their unemployment from January 2014 to January 2015, North Carolina experienced one of the fourth smallest declines. The fact is, North Carolina’s unemployment rate has not come down appreciably in the last year, even while the nation and many of our neighbors have made marked progress.

      It is clear by this measure and many others that a new approach is needed to solving North Carolina’s economic challenges.

      • ColdCountry

        “It is clear by this measure and many others that a new approach is needed to solving North Carolina’s economic challenges.”

        Well, they appear to be trying a new approach all right.

      • JoeNCA

        Someone was telling me that North Carolina didn’t care about this law because they had the tax incentives to bring businesses in.

        I said, you know, instead of spending billions of dollars in tax dollars to do that, you could just be nice.

        • Phil2u

          NO! We (N. C.) have lost auto plants because the tax incentives did not match South Carolina and Arkansas.

    • perversatile

      -aka paying for poor decisions

    • JoeNCA

      HB2 claimed its first victim.

  • Gustav2

    OMG! Now who is going to book the Presidential Suite at the Days Inn?

    • Mark

      I thought it was microtel.

      • perversatile

        ”…Swingos Celebrity Motor Lodge~ where room service is a french fry wrapped around a rock and hurled through your widow”
        -Miss Vicki Eydie

        • David Walker

          Miss Vicki Eydie?!?!?!?!?!/1 Now THAT is a blast from the past. Whew. I’m gonna need some more caffeine to recover from that.

          • perversatile

            ”…a little piece of Vickie Eydie to take home with you…”

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqc24teWnd0

          • TuuxKabin

            Love it when she works the balls . . . just before she screams out “stop the fuckin’ music!”

          • perversatile

            …the perfect mix of dangerous and funny

          • David Walker

            Thank you, thank you, young perv. I love her. One of my greatest thrills was seeing her live. One of my greatest thrills was seeing her live on stage in a different show.

            Semi-rhetorical question (and this is open to all of you): Does anyone work as hard non-stop as the Divine Miss M to deliver a concert?

          • perversatile

            When you’re ‘Divine’ ~what other choice is rhere?

    • Traxley Launderette

      There’s always Banjo’s Hi-Way Hideaway and Bait Ranch.

      They have a real windows and a bathtub INSIDE the Robert E. Lee room. Hope you like chickens.

  • Todd20036

    Well, the haters wanted to feel persecuted.

    We over the plague of poverty. Enjoy!

  • Necessitas

    GOOGLE: No tech start-up loans for NC until voters repeal law…

    http://www.siliconbeat.com/2016/04/01/104735/

    • TuuxKabin

      You are the bearer of good news this bleak, cloudy, rainy, snow forecast morning.
      Thank you!

  • JT
  • Necessitas
    • ColdCountry

      Good for them! But they are small, and don’t have the props.

      • Necessitas

        Many small things put together create big things!

        • ColdCountry

          They do indeed! Keep the pressure up!

        • ColdCountry

          I just said that as a note to the difficulties of moving a convention. Even they, with 50 attendees, have logistical issues. I can’t imagine moving a furniture show.

  • penpal

    Remember, Republicans are great at creating jobs.

  • Necessitas

    Miller/Coors closes NC plant. They don’t say it’s because of the law, but they don’t say it isn’t either…

    http://www.biztimes.com/2016/04/01/north-carolina-ag-investigating-millercoors-plant-closure/

    • Steven Leahy

      I don’t think it had anything to do with it. Normally, industrial closures are planned months or even a couple years in advance. Much as I’d love to associate this with the anti-LGBT laws, I just don’t think they’re in any way related.

      • Necessitas

        It could have been the tipping point, we have no way of knowing, yet.

        • billbear1961

          I shall assume it was, and say so.

          • TuuxKabin

            I’m already saying it’s so to everyone I meet.

          • TrollopeReader

            i’m sure by now it’s on google, so it’s gotta be true!

      • ColdCountry

        Being unrelated has never stopped NOM from claiming credit for stuff they didn’t do. Just nod sagely and say, “Coincidence? I think not.”

        • billbear1961

          Bingo!

      • Hell, One Million Harridans does it all the time. We might as well make hay on the situation until Miller/Coors takes the opportunity to refute it.

      • Randy

        True, but Brian would claim it as a win if he could. So should we.

    • TuuxKabin

      Good timing. Even before this law it was easy to boycott Miller/Coors. Miller for the lack of tasting like beer, Coors for Adolph.

      • McSwagg

        Miller and Coors make beer? Well I’ll be danged. You learn something new every day on the internet. I thought they made fizzy colored water.

        • TuuxKabin

          Well youngin’ a bit of history for ya’. From:

          https://www.liberationnews.org/the-coors-boycott-the-lgbt-movement-and-the-peoples-counter-offensive-against-the-right/

          The Coors Beer Boycott was a counter-offensive of the people against Reagan’s anti-labor offensive — one of the most wide-spread and militant labor struggles in decades. In 1977, ferociously anti-union Coors Beer moved to smash the union after a strike of nearly 1,500 workers in 1977. Part of the anti-union campaign was to fire without cause workers suspected of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer from its Colorado-based brewery.

          At the same time, the Coors family was the funding power behind anti-immigrant legislation in Colorado, California and other states. A large number of the union fighters at Coors were immigrants from Mexico. For years there was no women’s bathroom at the Coors Brewery as management refused to hire women. Workers who applied for positions at Coors underwent lie detector tests in which they were asked their opinions about collective bargaining and if they were homosexual.

          • McSwagg

            Thanks for the compliment on my age, but I’m not so young. I remember the Coors boycott. I was trying to make a joke on the weak, watered down flavors of Coors and Miller beers.

          • TuuxKabin

            Ahh, got it. I thought there was a snark implied. I have no idea if they make flavored waters.Hope I didn’t lecture.

          • McSwagg

            I took your reply as well intentioned and generally supportive. No fouls were committed here. Have a good week-end.

  • Necessitas

    People are dying of flu strain in NC. Best to postpone travel to state…
    http://wncn.com/2016/04/01/north-carolina-reports-8-more-flu-deaths/

    • ColdCountry

      Could god be pissed about something?

      • Homo Erectus

        He didn’t waste any time sending tornadoes to Mississippi – just sayin’.

        • billbear1961
        • bambinoitaliano

          They just gonna boycott God anyway. Not like they have not already stray from his teaching.

        • ColdCountry

          Ya know, we need someone who can do the evangelical screecher role to go all over social media with a fire and brimstone rant about how God is punishing NC. Use their words against them. Might not do any good, but it’d be fun to confuse some of them. Because, if you sound like a preacher, they will listen, and they won’t get that it’s a joke.

  • Jeffg166

    I’ve been told some interior designers are gay.

    • Gustav2

      You mean you haven’t experienced it…um…first hand?

      • Jeffg166

        No, I’ve only heard the rumors.

    • Steven Leahy

      I was on a flight recently with three male flight attendants and I believe all three were straight. That’s about as likely as finding an all-white NBA team.

      • Silver Badger

        Them darn hetero’s are stealing OUR jobs. This must stop! Next thing we’ll have straight male nurses! It is a slippery slope indeed!

        • Church organists are all still gay — regardless of what they say. . . .

          • Silver Badger

            Well or course. It takes a gay man to handle an upright organ properly. Especially the big ones.

          • Robincho

            I’ve got E. Power Biggs, Virgil Fox and Cameron Carpenter all holding for you on line one. The first two said they’re calling super long-distance, but Cameron sounded like he was right next door…

          • Silver Badger

            Exactly what are they holding? Do they have pictures? (I had to google them. They all sound very gay!)

          • David Walker

            E. Power Biggs was on everyone’s gaydar. Virgil Fox was pretty much out. Biggs was a soloist who also played standard organ/orchestra repertoire. His recordings did serve to introduce us rural kids to the King of Instruments. Virgil, on the other hand, did a couple of tours playing Bach and such in rock venues. The title of the concert (and at least one live album) was “Virgil Fox — Heavy Organ.” Did it take a lot of conjecture?

          • Silver Badger

            Not really. The pictures just bloomed in my mind.

          • Mark

            My organ prof was friends with Virgil and met him a couple of times – over the top but damn, that man could rock the keyboard and pedal board – – and Organgrinder was my handle back in the days of CB’s and 55 mph speed limit – though back then it didn’t get the snickers it would today.

            My prof actually was straight – there are a few straight church organists but not many.

          • Mike__in_Houston

            It probably wouldn’t get many snickers, because the CB channels are very quiet these days, and even nights. At night, the truckstops used to be full of guys (and the occasional gal) talking and arguing and what-have-you. No more; just dead silence. They don’t need each other for amusement any more. Like the rest of us, they’re all busy playing with their smartphones and having nonversations with everyone around them.

            I’m glad I spent my (relatively) younger days during the after-years of the big CB. craze. I found that truck drivers were everything that I always thought they were cracked up to be…

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          • Mark

            Sad you have to up vote yourself loser. Flagged and reported.

          • Robincho

            What would’ve influenced that? Aside from your twisted, depraved mind, nothing. Nothing at all. Really. No shit…

          • The really big organs took 2 boys pumping (that really started out as a simple statement but went double-E really, really quickly).

          • Librarykid

            Before Virgil Fox started touring with the Rogers Organ, he used to do annual tours of cities. It was a real highlight of the year. He would make sure that he chose a loud instrument in each city. I loved his talk about each piece before he played it. Also, before he used the Rogers, he began using the Revelations Light Show with the organ recitals, one of which he presented at Druid Hills Baptist, AKA Lowes Ponce de Leon for it’s 1920s architecture. The sanctuary ceiling was mosaic. I noticed this when he played Clair de Lune with the walls and windows bathed in blue light while clouds were projected moving across the ceiling. It was very similar to a movie palace experience. The Baptists were baffled and the fans of high camp were thrilled.

          • David Walker

            THAT is an excellent story. Thank you.

          • Librarykid

            Our wonderful next door neighbor who was a member of AGO took me to monthly AGO chapter meetings when there would be a recital. He knew the best place to sit in every church to best hear the organ, like at the dedicatory recital of the organ in the Cathedral of St. Philip. He said we needed to sit near the crossing of the nave by the transept because there was a grill in the ceiling through which the Ethereal Division of the organ could be best heard. When the AGO had its convention in Atlanta in 1966, he introduced me to Virgil Fox and we had dinner with him and others. The main problem with organs in Atlanta was that they were not properly voiced for organ music of the French late romantic period but organists would play music composed for instruments made by Cavaille-Coll and you got the music, but not the color and soul which are so important. Once I heard the pieces played on the organs for which they were composed, it was like going from seeing a beautiful piece of art in black and white to seeing it in full color. It’s funny how German organ music sounds so good on the French instruments, but not vice-versa.

            Have a great week.

          • David Walker

            Thank you, again. I enjoy personal stories, and you tell yours very well.

          • Robincho

            In order, they were, were, and are very gay. I can be trusTED on this one…

          • Steve Teeter

            Nobody who’s seen Cameron Carpenter perform could doubt he’s gay for a second. Especially with the clothes he wears. Snakeskin organ shoes and a fishnet shirt, for example.

          • Robincho

            Yeah, NOT the shy retiring type, that one…

          • Jimmie Z
          • olandp

            That is amazing, and such fabulous shoes!

          • KarenAtFOH

            Fantastic! What a talent.

          • some are organists, some are pianists

          • JCF

            …or penisists, as the case may be.

          • GayEGO

            Well I have an organ they can play…..with! :>)

          • Phillip in L.A.

            And look whom Cameron’s playing–Lenny B–which would be the clincher (if one were needed)!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            As the Talullah Bankhead Professor of Epistemological Obfuscation, I approve this message!

          • Robincho

            I’m not sure how many pushable buttons I’ve got left, but allow me to assure you, dah-ling, you are WELL on your way to getting them all pushed, and riotously successfully…

          • Jimmie Z

            The calls all originate WITHIN the house!

          • MB

            My partner of 17 years was a Landscape Architect and I am a lifelong homersexshuallist dick-lovin’ gayling AND am an Episcopal organist with a FABULOUS purple cassock.

            I know, I know…you’re all shocked :-0

          • Indeed, I am. Well. And. Truly.

          • oikos

            Shocked that you are an organist in and out of church. 😉

          • Robincho

            Your admission certainly puts the sursum back in corda!…

          • Paula

            So, in other words, you pull out all his stops.

          • Mark

            LOTS of em……

          • MB
          • Paula

            Impressive! LOL!!

          • JCF

            Paula, please leave the stage.

          • Mark

            I never could wear that cassock thingy and play – – drove me nuts — hard enough in a suit jacket unbuttoned – think it was the big poofy sleeves that drove me nuts — I know – I said poofy……

          • MB

            Mine are tailored with a (sort -of) cuff. My only discomfort is wearing a cassock AND surplice during the hot months of May-September. It gets so UNBEARABLY hot even in an air-conditioned nave.

          • Mark

            Mine had the cuffs too but those big sleeves just made me nuts – especially playing Bach Tocatta and Fugue in A Minor, and Marius Monikendam, forget it.

          • charemor

            I gave up on robes years ago and now simply wear a suit coat. Heck, with the console back in a corner, sometimes I play in shirtsleeves.

          • Jimmie Z

            I’m somewhat surprised you didn’t demand a special AC vent to blow up your cassock?

          • MB

            Here’s a photo of my beloved at age 26, taken in 1983. The things he could do with plants, flowers and design……

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            (Natural beauty)²

          • Jellybean

            I was a church organist for over 40 years. I knew most all the organists in our city and never found any male straight organists. I think 1 of the female organists was straight, she kept hitting on me.

          • Jeffg166

            Maybe she thought you were a lesbian.

          • Steverino

            But nothing beats playing a sexual organ.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            Whenever I hear organ music, I immediately think of Vincent Price in a castle.

          • JCF

            TTYTT, I’m honestly confused about ours. When I joined the church 5+ years ago, I assumed he was gay. My gaydar re gay men ain’t the greatest, but that was the vibe I got.

            Then I learned he had a couple of sons (now teens/early 20s), and divorced—that certainly doesn’t prove anything one way or the other. THEN I learned he was dating a woman in the choir (funny story, she was a woman that *I* had tried to date! They aren’t dating anymore; she’s w/ another guy, Le Sigh).

            But I just don’t know. Bi, maybe?

            One thing I’ll say about the Episcopal Church in 2016: it seems to attract a LOT of metrosexual guys…

        • Robincho

          I tried saying “thurrr turrrk urrr jurrrrbs” but I just couldn’t get it to sound right…

      • Hank

        I was on a flight to SF a number of years ago, and noted a nice bearish male flight attendant. A couple of days later, we ran into each other at Folsom with him in full leather. Just wish he was not with a “friend”.

        • Steven Leahy

          I saw a totally HOT, very un-flight-attendant looking big bear, in uniform, in the Atlanta airport a few months ago. Was stocky, bearded and like 6’4″

      • Bluto
        • WebSlinger

          I see you obtained Trump rally footage!!!

      • Nic Peterson

        Are you sure one of them wasn’t straight to bed? Or straight to the next guy?

        • Christopher Smith

          Those are GOOD, Nic. I’m stealing them immejitly.

          • Nic Peterson

            With my compliments, CS.

        • Steven Leahy

          LOL could be. My gayer is probably not as sharp as it was when I was younger.

    • Treant

      That’s blatantly untrue and completely bigoted. MOST male interior designers are gay.

      SOME male landscapers are gay.

    • Robincho

      These vicious Urban Legends™ thrive on credulousness such as yours… /s

    • Ander

      Yes, and I’m one of them who has notified vendors in North Carolina that travel to that state by my firm has been indefinitely suspended in light of the passage of HB 2.

      • Jeffg166

        Good.

    • UrsusArctos

      According to the intertoobz, even Governor Bryant’s (MS) son is an interior designer.

      • Jeffg166

        Oh, noes! I wonder if the Governor got a deal redecorating the Governors’ mansion.’

      • Christopher Smith

        Wonderful handle.

    • Chris Baker

      no, they are just artsy.

      • Jeffg166

        Yes, artist is my take.

    • mjcc1987

      Whaaaaaa?

    • They also for some strange reason, rather live near large metropolitan areas… Pacific Design Center is not known for their horseshoe pit, boar hunting and rusted out cars next to the entrance..

      • Phillip in L.A.

        They do have a pit at the PDC, but it’s not for horseshoes, okojo!

    • Jimmie Z

      Remember folks: You read that on JMG first!

  • Necessitas

    Lionsgate will finish current filming in NC, then NO MORE.

    http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article69512537.html

    • The Research and Development Team would like to take this opportunity to announce an upgrade to our Big Gay Weather Machine™: The Ten Plagues of North Carolina.

      Gayze upon us and tremble, Bitchez! Tremble!!!

  • Steven Leahy

    I hope MS gets all the negative attention NC is getting. Sadly, I don’t think it will.

    • Actually…

      There’s hope. According to the Mississippi Business Journal, April 1: Dow, Toyota, Nissan, Tyson Foods, MGM Resorts Int’l, have weighed in as being opposed to the legislation.

    • UrsusArctos

      The newspaper for the Gulf Coast blasted it in an editorial today.
      http://www.sunherald.com/opinion/editorials/article69588822.html

  • Octavio

    Interior designers UNITE! Nice to see the design conscious crowd get their feathers up. Good for them.

  • TJay229

    Boom!

    They are gonna miss those dollars.

  • JaniceInToronto

    So why is the American Society of Interior Designers going to the convention? It’s not much of a protest message to make a statement, then not follow it up. Action is needed, not words. Hit them in the wallet. Hard.

    • Gustav2

      Most furniture made in the USA is from NC and most of the other furniture is through NC companies.

      • JaniceInToronto

        So? They would be making a statement by staying away.
        Their attendance is delivering a message that there will be no real consequences. We need more than talk. Boycott!

        • TrollopeReader

          By taking part in advocacy (talking to their customers) and panels such as they described is grass-roots important. It’s how marriage was won. As a group, they’ve probably already invested a lot of money …. now they have a place to really use their bullhorn (it’s similar to what M&G said, and the Replacements guy). Despite the fact that Log Cabin R’s are feckless asshats, we decry when they are not allowed in state and national conventions …. like CPAC, the Texas Rep. Convention, and the like.

          Here, the group is encouraging people to boycott — and they will take the message to those who do come …. advocacy, it’s what we’re all about.

          • JaniceInToronto

            I can’t agree. This bill will kill transgender kids.

            It may even take a ‘Stonewall’ moment to kill it, though I have no idea what that might be.

            Simply complaining about it is like wishing the bastards all get really bad head colds. Ain’t gonna help.

          • TrollopeReader

            Contracts are contracts. Look at the other stories posted. It’s like saying to the “Replacement silver and china company” ….move out. Not easy when you have millions and millions of stock items.

            There’s reality, and there’s naivety, ….. we win by persuasion, facts and knowledge.

          • JaniceInToronto

            No. We win by lawsuits and economic pressure.

            Not empty threats.

          • TrollopeReader

            Sounds like a Donald Trump statement, Janice. You’re smarter than that.

          • JaniceInToronto

            Lawsuits have gotten us Marriage Equality and protection in some of your states.
            Where have empty threats gotten us? And how in fuck does my statement sound like Trump? That’s just bewildering as hell.

          • TrollopeReader

            Because Trump’s favorite line is “I’ll sue. I’ll sue big. And I’ll win” … he uses it time after time to scare people away. Yes, lawsuits will be helpful in NC and were helpful in several states … but they were successful because the people were coming around (due to the type of activities I mentioned this morning). As Justice Ginsberg hinted in 2014/2015, perhaps it is time for us (SCOTUS) to hear marriage cases and be *with* the people, and not ahead of them (referring to Roe v Wade) ….

            What you are calling “empty threats” are a reaction to events happening this week, next week, based on what happened a few *days* ago. Protests don’t happen in a vacuum, and nor does social change. We joke about the One Million Moms and NOMs boycotts because they really are ill-thought out, toothless *reactions* … Brown still has his “Boycott Starbucks” out there, with the same amount of signatures he had two months after starting it all these years ago.

            We are smarter than, more intelligent than, and harder workers than those groups. Let’s not descend to their levels of stupidity and ignorance. That just loses us support from friends and allies, and makes people shake their heads in wonder. We have to be smarter, act smarter and not take a step back ….

      • billbear1961

        There’s no reason why that can’t change.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    If only we could somehow stop heterosexual molesters! This fear mongering mostly focuses on men who will dress up to ‘get into’ women’s restrooms.

    Certainly underscores the fact that most molesters and rapists are heterosexual. Maybe we should just ban ALL heterosexuals from public restroom use? After all a few terrorists claim to be of the Muslim faith and a big percentage of Americans want to ban all Muslims from entering the US. Perhaps we need to ban all heterosexuals from entering US bathrooms?

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      And if it weren’t for heterosexual males there would be no need for abortions.

  • Necessitas

    Unprecedented Canker Worm hatch underway in NC.

    If you don’t like worms in your hair, avoid NC.

    http://abc11.com/news/cankerworms-hatch-across-north-carolina/1268729/

    • Nychta

      As a kid I had nightmares about them falling on me and tangling in my hair.

      • ColdCountry

        They’re not so bad, ’cause they’re little. Now, a Gypsy Moth infestation…. One summer in CT I wore a hat almost everywhere I went.

  • billbear1961
    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Hell hath no fury like a bunch of interior decorators scorned.

  • Necessitas

    NC prison lets inmate escape. Endangers residents and visitors to state.
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/28/us/ohio-north-carolina-prison-escapes/

    • billbear1961

      Keep up the good work, N!

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Several of these links use Disqus, by the way …

  • bambinoitaliano

    They are use to living in the trailers, I’m not sure lack of furnishing or decorations will make them surrender their hate. The interior design should be done inside this haters.

    • Silver Badger

      Then you would have to get inside their heads. ICK! There must be a better way to handle their problem mercifully! Surely there is a final solution to do the right thing for these poor people.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Sounds like they mean business!

    • Randy

      Don’t with interior designers!

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        I’m glad to see them getting political. Interior Designers often have to work with wealthy conservative asshole clients.

    • TuuxKabin

      Or no business with NC.

  • Necessitas

    NC infested with deadly venomous snakes, extreme caution urged!
    http://wncn.com/2016/03/30/warmer-weather-means-more-snakes-in-north-carolina/

    • Silver Badger

      You can find those same snakes in Mississippi. They run the legislature.

      • billbear1961

        Mississippi state senator Jennifer Branning . . .

        http://www.scaryforkids.com/pics/medusa.jpg

        • TuuxKabin

          Mississippi SNAKE senator . . .

          • billbear1961

            The GOP has become nothing but a NEST of snakes.

          • UrsusArctos

            Become? *innocent look*

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            It was actually the progressive party, in the age of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. It progressively turned over to the dark side starting in the 1920’s and is now totally unhinged.

          • UrsusArctos

            Yes, Nixon’s plan worked. The GOP became what HAD been Democrats.
            The Dems moved to a center right party and kept heading right. *sigh*
            (Not to invoke…)

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            No invocation in that direction, thank you very much! 😏

          • billbear1961
          • Phillip in L.A.

            Ahhh, The Lair of the White Worm–great job, billbear!

    • ByronK

      Motherfucking snakes on a State!!

  • Bill

    The ‘funny’ thing here is that the bigots who support this law will not even use all of this as a chance to reflect on what they have done.

    They will just blame LGBT people for their state’s economic losses, instead of taking the time to understand that THEIR behavior caused this.

    Closed minds, they’re dangerous because they are always ruled by fear.

    • j.martindale

      I would normally agree with you. However, the local news people may be turning this into a victory for the Democrats. The business opposition to the bill is getting a lot of local press, at least here in the central part of the state. And the bill is being described more and more as discriminatory–which is not what the right wanted to hear.

      • Homo Erectus

        Thankew jeezus.

      • billbear1961

        Great news, JM!

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Thx for posting, j.martindale! Always glad to get the inside scoop and the local dirt!

  • Necessitas

    WARNING: North Carolina awash in pig-shit. A very real health hazard!
    http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2016/03/hog-waste-threatens-north-carolinas-rural-poor

    • Gustav2

      And that is just the capital building!

      • billbear1961

        And the Governor’s mansion.

    • Silver Badger

      This IS North Carolina. Them Pigs vote and vote Republican! Stop oppressing Republican pigs!

  • JaniceInToronto

    Incurable Ebloa has broken out in N.C. WHO warns travellers to stay well away from the state. This is an extremely dangerous situation. The N.C. borders have been sealed and the National Guard is enforcing the quarantine.

  • Sam_Handwich

    The Governor’s race continues to look like it will go right down to the wire- Pat McCrory’s at 42% to 40% for Roy Cooper and 6% for Libertarian Lon Cecil. McCrory continues to be unpopular, with only 40% of voters approving of the job he’s doing to 49% who disapprove.

    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/pat-mccrory/

    And that was before this fiasco!

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      It still boggles my mind that an (R) seems to guarantee you around 40% barring utter disaster.

      • Jeffg166

        40% of the country is just that crazy, always have been always will be.

  • Necessitas

    City of Boston and the state of Connecticut ban travel to NC.
    http://fortune.com/2016/04/01/boston-connecticut-ban-nc-travel/

    • Silver Badger

      You can’t really blame them, what with the pigs and the snakes and the bigots.

      • Necessitas

        Don’t forget the worms which fall from the sky in NC.

        • David Walker

          Eeeeewwwwww.

          • billbear1961

            I guess so!

            =8o

          • Necessitas

            They are essentially SPIDER WORMS, since they weave webs too. They love human hair.

          • billbear1961

            AAAAHHHHHH!!!!

        • billbear1961

          I won’t!

          =8o

  • ceeenbee

    Boooom!

    • TuuxKabin

      KAboom.

  • Necessitas
  • Necessitas
    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      A&E, of Duck Dynasty fame (or infamy)? Really???

  • Necessitas

    Jeld-Wen (window and door maker) is now a NC company.
    Plan your purchases accordingly.

    • Curieux Bleu

      Oh MY God!

      I was recently at Home Depot and considering some new windows made by Jeld-Wen. When I next go up there I am going to tell the Store Manager the reason why I will not proceed with the proposed purchase. I realise Atlanta is the head office of Home Depot and they have stopped their own terrible bill by Governer’s veto, which may still get overridden.

      I will need to forego Home Depot in general ( as well as Lowe’s) if Georgia overrides Nathan Deal’s veto … because that would be a “Deal Breaker”. …

  • Necessitas
    • billbear1961
    • Silver Badger

      The only problem is that the Republicans want their constituency to be poor and ignorant. Are we playing into Republican hands? Is this entire issue a Republican conspiracy? OMG! There are decent gay people in NC. We must think on this.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    I am loving this… everything has to be thrown at these retrogrades and what happens will serve as a warning to other states. It is unfortunate the small mom and pops may suffer, but that is the price they pay for electing the truly vile.

    • David Walker

      Here’s hoping. It seems, though, that every state is going to try their hand on passing one of these discrimination bills on the outside chance that one of them will finally get the words in the right combination to convince a court. PA doesn’t have a specific pro-discrimination law. We are discrimination by omission…we’re not on The List. There is a push to change that. If it fails, I hope the boycott hits here strong and huge.

  • Herald

    All these boycotts and protests should be bringing up an important point – an event of business can claim all they want that they are inclusive, etc. However, people still have to travel, eat, lodge, etc outside of that event or business which puts especially LGBT people at risk.

    If a trans person is transiting NC enroute to points south they most likely will still have to “use the facilities” at some point which now is a risky task. I guess my trans friend up north won’t be visiting any time soon and hopefully her job won’t ask her too.

    • boatboy_srq

      Indeed. An inclusive business or event still needs respectful local law enforcement, inclusive hotels and restaurants, inclusive housing/shopping/services, inclusive places of worship, etc. Simply being an inclusive enterprise itself doesn’t excuse a business for what its employees or customers face outside the workplace.

  • boatboy_srq

    High Point Market without ASID: not worth the trip?

    ,-)

  • Ninja0980

    Not a surprise at all.

  • HesTheOneWhoSucks

    Don’t know if Joe’s posted this or not, but the HB2’s stipulation that you can’t sue for discrimination is already having consequences. This woman’s lawsuit for age discrimination essentially died and now she has to go through the federal courts.

    http://wncn.com/2016/04/01/nc-woman-suing-for-age-discrimination-gets-caught-up-in-hb2-bill-fallout/

    • boatboy_srq

      One more reason the totality of HB2 needs to be strenuously resisted, not just the anti-LGBT parts.

    • GanymedeRenard

      Wow. Just wow. Bastards.

    • Ninja0980

      That was a sneaky part of the bill that has been overlooked.

    • UrsusArctos

      I’m thinking, more and more, that the gay angle was cover for the total obliteration of suing in state courts. The NC ASSembly wrote this law so that if part was thrown out the rest will stand.
      The gays might make a fuss and get things hurting them thrown out, but your right to sue otherwise is now gone.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Sec. 21. Inquiry into restraints on liberty.
      Every person restrained of his liberty is
      entitled to a remedy to inquire into the lawfulness
      thereof, and to remove the restraint if unlawful, and that remedy shall not be denied or delayed.”

      North Carolina Constitution, Art. I, Sec. 21

      This poor woman’s lawyer should Petition the Supreme Court of North Carolina for a Writ of Mandate, striking down HB 2. Federal court, indeed!

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Also see, N.C. Const., Art. IV, sec. 1:

        “The General Assembly shall have no power to deprive the judicial department of any power or jurisdiction that rightfully pertains to it as a co-ordinate department of the government . . . .”

        Aren’t there are lawyers in North Carolina?

        • TuuxKabin

          Good to have you on our side, and helpful too.

  • TheManicMechanic

    People of NC can still buy their chipboard and vinyl excuses for furniture at Walmart.

  • Robert Conner

    Dear Governor McCrory,

    INTERIOR DESIGNERS!! Hel-fucking-lo!

  • Jimmie Z

    This just in: (Off-topic)

    Tez Crud loves human hair:

    https://vid.me/Hepn

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      That’s a direct attack on Trump and his hairlike substance of unknown origin or composition. 😝

  • Disqusdmnj

    I’m not even sure the loss of revenue matters to Rebiblicans. Revenue pays for all the things the people they hate use and benefit from… why have funding for schools, roads, Medicare, infrastructure, and health programs if a bunch of gays and dark people are going to use them?

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Sad, but true. They want small government, except when it’s a matter of invading individual privacy and civil rights.

      • Stev84

        They want smaller government for corporations

      • Kevin-in-Honolulu

        And they want to be paid. The Republicans are trying to bill the City of Charlotte for their Special Session of Hate.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          If that goes through, it will give the City of Charlotte undoubted standing in future court battles on the issue.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Thank you, ASID, for taking a principled stand against North Carolina’s fraudulent & bigoted HB 2!

  • After watching “Jesus Camp”, I thought Fundamentalist Christians need more than anything were Interior Decorators. They just had no taste.. I see this as a big blow, and in some ways, depriving the haters more than anything they need to be civilize any sort of taste..

    • disqus_ubzDC4XSN5

      It’s about being stupid. If you are stupid, you don’t have the simple sense to put together any kind of design, you can’t understand d science so you cling to a fairy tale story to explain science fact that says otherwise proven long ago. This is all about being stupid. Bigotry is always the result of stupidity. It is beyond ignorance. These people don’t have the brain power to understand some very simple concepts. No amount of educating them can fix them.

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  • GayEGO

    Excellent news! We need to continue to fight these discriminatory GOP legislators.

  • Charles Ford

    BOYCOTT N. CAROLINA!!!!!!!!!!

  • NancyP

    Well, duh!

  • Gregory Ervin