Posted August 18th, 2023 in News.
August, 18 2023
Yesterday, North Carolina lawmakers voted to override Governor Cooper’s vetoes of HB 808 (gender-affirming care ban for youth), SB 49 (NC’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill), and HB 574 (trans sports ban). These bills will now become law and the LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast condemns these egregious attacks against our community.
Bills like this are attempts to censor the existence of the LGBTQ+ community in public spaces and deny young people the right to safe and affirming healthcare. HB 808, SB 49, and HB 574 run contrary to our nation’s founding belief of “liberty and justice for all.” North Carolina lawmakers have denied LGBTQ+ citizens those rights and failed vulnerable constituents in their communities.
Pride started as a protest. The LGBTQ community is all too familiar with discrimination and the LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast will not stop being vocal about equal rights for all. We invite everyone to join us in speaking out against these discriminatory policies and hold our lawmakers accountable.
We will continue to work tirelessly to support our LGBTQ youth and foster community in the Wilmington Pride Youth Group and the Queer Youth Steering Committee. More information can be found at https://lgbtqcapefear.org
To everyone in the LGBTQ community: Know that this isn’t over. The LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast stands with you now and always .