House Bill 2 is the law that Republicans and our governor shoved through the legislature and signed into law in only 12 hours. Of course the central focus around this story has been that it is discriminatory against the LGBT community. However, there is another aspect to the law that I have not been hearing anything about in the news: This bill is discriminatory to everybody.
In North Carolina, our only legal protection against employer discrimination is a 1977 legislative declaration that HB 2 essentially nullifies. In short, this means that, when the law goes into effect, we will no longer have protections based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.
While it is absolutely cruel and evil that this law is targeted primarily at the transgender community, what virtually nobody seems to know is that it impacts all of us, by stripping away our rights. It is hard to get people to care about minorities being oppressed, but I imagine there would be even greater outcry against the law if folks knew it actually affects everybody in a very dangerous way.
— Joshua Kaleb Avila