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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 …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bans Non-Essential North Carolina Travel For State Workers

Add New York state to New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. From Gov. Cuomo’s edict: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order banning all non-essential state travel to North Carolina. The order requires all New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the state …

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Denounces LGBT Rights Lawsuit: Stop Slandering Our Great State

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is a very unhappy with the lawsuit filed yesterday. From a statement issued by his office: “The governor respects the right of any legal challenges; however, he does not respect the continued distortion of the facts by the groups challenging this law and by many members of the state and national media,” said Graham Wilson, …

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Meet The North Carolina Plaintiffs [VIDEOS]

Yesterday a press conference was held at which the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit against North Carolina appeared. Watch below. The Associated Press reports: The plaintiffs are two transgender people, a lesbian law professor, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina. Defendants include McCrory and the University of North Carolina system, where two of the …

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NEW YORK CITY: Mayor Announces “Non-Essential” North Carolina Travel Ban For City Employees

And for Georgia too, should today’s veto be overridden. Capital New York reports: Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday he is instituting a ban on “non-essential travel” by New York City employees to the state of North Carolina following the passage of a law there that overturns anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. De Blasio said he …

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Tony Perkins Has The Georgia Super Sadz: Gutless Governor Nathan Deal Has Cowardly Capitulated

Just in via press release: The devil has gone to Georgia again, but this time it was in the form of Big Business and cowardly politicians. In a staggering announcement this morning, the two-term governor of the Peach State has capitulated to big business and decided to give the government a blank check to punish Georgia’s men and women of …

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POSTED: My Fourth Column For Pride Life

Last month I launched a twice-monthly column for the website of Britain’s Pride Life magazine, a quarterly LGBT rights and lifestyle magazine. Today’s fourth installment is titled This Week In US Politics: Things Get Ugly All Around. Hit the link for my update on the GOP race and the situation in North Carolina. DISCLOSURE: Pride Life is owned by the …

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Democrats Launch #ImWithWally Tweetstorm In Support Of Gay US Ambassador Wally Brewster

As I’ve reported here several times, openly gay US Ambassador Wally Brewster is under attack in the Dominican Republic, where anti-LGBT activists and the Catholic Church have launched a joint campaign calling for his resignation for spreading “homosexual indoctrination.” Today US House Democrats launched a tweetstorm in support of Brewster using the hashtag #ImWithWally. Brewster stands accused in part because …

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LIVE VIDEO: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Holds Press Conference, Media Expects Anti-LGBT Bill Decision UPDATE: Deal Will VETO The Bill

UPDATE: Deal will VETO the bill. Earlier, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Gov. Nathan Deal has a 10 a.m. press conference on his calendar. Chances are good that it’s about HB 757, the “religious liberty” bill. No doubt, by now you’ve heard about that email from Chris Riley, chief of staff for the governor, to Spiro Amburn, top aide to House …

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The Lawsuit Against North Carolina Has Been Filed

Early this morning North Carolina was sued in federal court over the recently signed law which overturns LGBT rights statewide and bans transgender citizens from using public facilities that align with their gender identity. The suit was filed on behalf of three individuals and two LGBT rights groups. Buzzfeed News has details: “By singling out LGBT people for disfavored treatment …

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ACLU Prepares Lawsuit Against North Carolina

From NPR’s Asheville affiliate: The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is preparing litigation against the state over a recent bill blocking towns and cities from passing anti-discrimination measures. Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 late Wednesday night, several hours after the legislature gave final approval during a one-day special session lawmakers called to address the issue. Response …

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DAMAGE CONTROL: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Issues “Myths Vs Facts” List On Anti-LGBT Law

After facing near universal condemnation from the media, from big business, and from civil rights groups, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has issued a nine-point “Myths Vs Facts” press release about his state’s anti-LGBT law. I’ve screen-capped the full message below and as you’ll see, McCrory doesn’t tell the full story.There are so many obfuscations in this list, it’s hard …

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Funny Or Die Rips On North Carolina [VIDEO]

CBS News recaps: New legislation in North Carolina — outlawing anti-discrimination protections for LGBT citizens — could mean a new approach to attracting visitors to the state might be called for. Luckily, Funny or Die is here to help. The comedy website started by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell released a spoof commercial Thursday that offered a “special message from …

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SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor Ed Lee Bans City Employees From Non-Essential Travel To North Carolina

The Associated Press reports: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has banned city workers from non-essential travel to North Carolina after that state approved legislation preventing anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people. Lee said in a statement Friday that residents in the city with a large gay and lesbian population “will not subsidize legally sanctioned discrimination.” He says the …

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GEORGIA: Time Warner, Netflix, CBS, NBC, AMC, Discovery, And Spielberg Join Pro-LGBT Coalition

An avalanche of major Hollywood production companies and networks are backing ABC/Disney in pressuring Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to veto his state’s pending anti-LGBT bill. Deadline reports: In what is virtually now a unanimous and united stance against Georgia’s move to allow discrimination against the LGBT community, CBS, NBCUniversal, Discovery and Open Road Films have joined the effort to get …

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NORTH CAROLINA: State Senator Wants To Charge City Of Charlotte For Special Session To Repeal LGBT Rights

Blue Ridge Now reports: State Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) has asked his staff to look and see how the General Assembly can charge Charlotte to cover the costs of Wednesday’s special session, including the possibility of withholding the city’s sales tax revenues. Lawmakers met Wednesday and passed a law invalidating a measure the Charlotte City Council passed last month to …

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Michelangelo Signorile: The Human Rights Campaign Is Helping The GOP Retain Its Senate Majority

Michelangelo Signorile today blasted the HRC for its endorsement of GOP Sen. Mark Kirk. He writes: The simple truth is that in 2016 in Illinois we don’t need Mark Kirk — he needs us. Kirk is in a deep blue state and he absolutely must support full LGBT equality in order to win. His coming out for the Equality Act …

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NBA Threatens To Move 2017 All-Star Game From Charlotte Over North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law

Sports Illustrated reports: Recent anti-LGBT legislation in North Carolina could impact the NBA’s ability to host the 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte, the league announced Thursday. “The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events,” the statement reads. “We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles …

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Major Companies Slam North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law: IBM, Google, Facebook, Bank Of America, PayPal

Yesterday major corporations took to social media or released statements to denounce North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law. See some of their messages below. Perhaps most prominent among them is IBM, the state’s largest private employer. Fortune reports: Big Blue, North Carolina’s largest employer, posted a statement on Thursday that expressed disappointment with the new law, which LBGT rights supporters widely …

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New York Times Slams North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law: The State Can Expect A Backlash From Big Business

From the editorial board of the New York Times: By promoting the ludicrous idea that transgender women are inherently dangerous, the law endangers citizens who are already disproportionately vulnerable to violence and stigmatization. Transgender men go largely unmentioned in bathroom bill debates, but that could change. James Parker Sheffield, a transgender man with a beard, exposed the foolishness of the …

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