Monday, May 2, 2016

HB2: Antigay business directory goes dark




When the North Carolina Values Coalition published its two lists of businesses supporting HB2 on March 29, executive director Tami Fitzgerald and her assistant, Kami Mueller, trumpeted it as the first wave in a mighty tsunami of "business leaders" coming out foursquare against LGBT shoppers.

But as soon as NCVC posted its list of 38 "business leaders" supporting HB2, it blew up in their faces. Apparel giant Hanes Brands announced it did not support HB2 and demanded its name be removed, as were two other businesses "due to errors", NCVC confessed.

As The News & Record noted:
Mueller acknowledged the NC Values Coalition did not independently confirm the identities of everyone who signed on in support of the law and whether they are actually business leaders.  
The News & Record asked Mueller what the chance was that more names on the list might not represent business leaders authorized to speak for their companies. 
"There's a chance of everything," she said. "There's a chance I could get hit by a bus."
The bus, it appears, has done its work. North Carolina Values Coalition has deleted the list from its KeepNCSafe.org website after 32 days.

Also gone is NCVC's secret list, an unverifiable roster of businesses listed by type rather than name- fearful of the mean gays, Tami and Kami alleged. By April 30 NCVC's updates to the post claimed it had risen to 401, but they never bothered to update their own list, where the needle never passed 332.

The public list got even less select as the pace of additions to it slowed to a creep. They added businesses from out of state, businesses that do not exist, and one whose owner's name is that of an old kid's joke punchline and a Boston drag artist: Eileen Dover.

Here's NCVC's Facebook copy of the announcement from March 29:
While the air waves have been inundated with businesses, large-scale corporations, and film-makers who neither live nor vote in North Carolina, airing their grievances against HB2, their views are not a reflection of the majority of North Carolinians, 70% of whom wanted Charlotte’s ordinance repealed. 
The KeepNCsafe.org Coalition releases the following statement, “While business owners in other states have received criticism and have even been forced out of business for standing up for common sense, hundreds (334) of North Carolina business owners have signed on to a letter thanking Governor Pat McCrory and the General Assembly for passing a law affirming the privacy and safety of businesses, women, and children to live and work in accordance with their deeply held beliefs.These businesses support and applaud Governor McCrory for supporting women and children, over being politically correct.” 
"North Carolina is consistently one of the top five states in the nation for business and economic growth. Any businesses threatening to not do business in our great state based on dishonest attacks by opponents of women's and girls' privacy and safety are only hurting themselves. 
Thanks to Governor McCrory and the General Assembly's leadership and immediate action to ensure North Carolinians' privacy and safety receives maximum protection, North Carolina will continue to flourish. It would be a shame for any companies to miss out on that simply because they believe men should be allowed into locked rooms with girls and women."
As late as April 21, WNCN reported,
The North Carolina Values Coalition responded that it has hundreds of businesses that support HB2 but they say many are uncomfortable talking about it for fear of a backlash.
Most of the businesses on the public list were in construction, building supply and home services lines, perhaps reflecting a Rolodex roundup by the list's, and HB2's- most prominent supporters- the antigay real estate flipping Benham Brothers of Concord. The rest were comprised of sole proprietorships offering massages according to Biblical principles, herbal medicines, financial planning, and Mary Kay cosmetics products from a woman in Charlotte who does business as "God's Glorious Girls".

NCVC has made no public concession that it has either folded the tent or put the list into the federal witness protection program. In its place, they've launched an email boycotting tool against the corporations supporting HB2.

The "Gay? No Way!" lists didn't get much press coverage during their short, laughable lives. To preserve the record of North Carolina Values Coalition's biggest fail to date, all of Waldo's tracking posts are gathered below. They document the combination of fakery and farce HB2 supporters are willing to wallow in to support the unsupportable.


March 29: Here's the first 38 North Carolina businesses laying a claim for the right to reject your trade [UPDATE- How North Carolina Values Coalition Padded Its List of Corporate "Supporters" of Discrimination]

March 30: NC businesses pledged to discriminate rises to 49; GOP state representative signs up and gets counted twice 

March 31: 3/31 UPDATE: Raleigh lobbyists help raise discriminating biz total to 56 

April 1: And on the third day, nobody signed up for NC Values Coalition's hate lists. Not even the secret one.

April 6: HB2: 10 More Say, "Gay? No Way!"

April 8: HB2: Today's Featured Discriminator

April 15: HB2 "Don't Shop Here" list stalls as leader turns on McCrory 

April 16: HB2 supporters aren't, as "incredibly large outpouring" = 0 for 8th day

April 17: HB2 cheerleaders get their Jeb!2016 moment of no hands clapping- for the 9th day. 

April 19: HB2: NC runs dry of discriminators

April 20: HB2- Financing company will loan only heterosexual cash. 

April 29: HB2 Update- Reidsville gets its first all-in discriminators! 

HB2: Repeal is not rocket science

HB2: Mark Creech and his Wayback Machine



In the taxonomy of antigay species of humanity, the lowest, most poisonous ones are columnists for Barbwire.com.  Zanies and mountebanks all, they are the sort who call for Americans to hunt down and kill LGBT Americans. They blame gays for the rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust. They complain that the rising number of retail corporations endorsing LGBT rights means there is nowhere for good Christians to shop for Christmas presents.

It's not surprising, then, that among Barbwire's columnists is the head of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, Mark Creech.

Creech combines two of the most toxic occupations on the planet: that of a Republican, politocovangelical minister, and a registered lobbyist.


Between his two callings, Creech has been bothering God and the North Carolina citizenry for forty years. When he wanders into a particularly inspired thought, he reposts it over and over and over, for days seemingly without end.

As with this one. It's worth a read, because in all its self-regard and spite, it also displays why Creech and his ilk will fail in all their works.

It's because he talks for, and to, the past. In this column, he hangs his hat on a joke popular a long, long time ago, on involving The Lone Ranger and his faithful Native American sidekick, Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ran on radio from 1933 to 1956, and on TV from 1949 to 1957. So dated is the series the last two big-budget movies based on it were spectacular flops. Not even Johnny Depp could save 2013, $200 million bomb.

In a social media world, nothing undermines a message like building it on a cultural reference only people sixty and older will like.

Which is why, in due course, Mark Creech's hate messages will hear the rejoinder, "What you mean 'we', white man?"

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When Surrounded By Evil on Every Side


MarkBy Dr. Mark Creech

There’s a great story about Tonto and the Lone Ranger riding across the plains together. Suddenly they see a dust cloud rising up before them. Thousands of hostile Indians are approaching from the North. So they turn and head south as fast as their horses can take them, only to discover there are thousands of Indians approaching them from that way too. So they turn East, then West, but it’s the same in every direction. They are completely surrounded. As they rein their horses to a stop, the Lone Ranger turns to Tonto and says despairingly, “What are we going to do, Tonto?” Tonto replies, “What do you mean, ‘we’, paleface?”
There are times when it seems we are surrounded by evil on every side. We may even despair that darkness will eclipse the light.

Recently, I spoke with a colleague who has been in the foxholes of Christian activism with me for a long time. With a voice of doubt he said, “Mark, do you ever wonder if we are wrong? It seems that we’re losing in so many ways.” I think I surprised him when I admitted, “Yeah, sometimes.”

Similar doubts seemed to prevail in the day of the prophet Nahum. Judah, God’s people, were suffering badly under the hand of Nineveh – a wicked city that was opposed to Judah’s God. Nineveh was succeeding on every level and the people were wondering if they were on the right side. They were concerned the cause of morality and justice was doomed.

Nahum offered a word of warning for Nineveh, but his prophecy also contained a word of encouragement for Judah.

Nahum said, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of the place thereof [a reference to Nineveh], and darkness shall pursue His enemies” (Nahum 1:78).

In other words, Nahum proclaimed to God’s people in his day, a people deep into doubt and despair and thinking all was lost: “Nineveh indeed seems to be winning and the purposes of God failing, but the final score is not in yet.”

Dr. Brian Harbour, a Baptist preacher, professor, and author, said many years ago he used to coach a baseball team for young boys. During one game, his boys were behind by six runs. As the boys filed into the dugout after a tough inning, Harbour tried to rally them for a comeback. He kept saying to them, “Alright boys. Let’s not get pessimistic!” One of the boys on the team asked, “Coach, what does pessimistic mean? Does that mean we think we’re gonna lose?”

Sometimes when looking over the circumstances facing our nation, we can get pretty pessimistic. It seems the cause of righteousness is bound to lose. In fact, many Christians that I speak with about getting involved in the political process and engaging our culture with the principles of God’s Word, are convinced any effort is useless – the destruction of our nation is inevitable. You may as well be shining brass on a sinking ship, some say.

Looking at the situation from a purely human perspective, it may seem such folks have made a reasonable conclusion. Except, we cannot forget God and the promises He makes to them that trust and obey Him.

JesusOne passage of Scripture that has been a constant source of encouragement to me through the years is when Peter confesses that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah. After this dramatic declaration, Jesus announces to His disciples that His church will be built on the recognition of this truth – Christ’s lordship. Then Jesus makes a stupendous promise, saying, “And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:13-18).

More often than not, this incredible passage is interpreted to mean that whatever persecutions and harassments the church may endure, it will survive. Although that conclusion is not entirely wrong, it really isn’t the thrust of the text. Gates are what an army would attack in Jesus’ day to overcome a city. In this text, it’s not the gates of the church that are under attack, but the gates of hell. The text is not about the church being in a defensive position. Instead it’s the church in an offensive position, relentlessly pounding the gates of hell, coupled with a promise from God that hell will not be able to withstand these onslaughts by the church.

This is not to say the mission of God’s people, Christ’s church, will be devoid of a Cross. Quite the contrary, it will require that we carry and even die upon one.

Moreover, it doesn’t mean God’s work is always achieved quickly. Sometimes the work can take a lifetime or several lifetimes with legions of setbacks along the way. Nevertheless, if we grow not weary in our well-doing, we shall reap, if we faint not (Gal. 6:9).

Hanging on the wall of my office is a framed copy of the following poem by A.H. Clough, which reads:

Say not,’The struggle nought availeth;
The labour and the wounds are vain;
The enemy faints not nor faileth,
And as things have been they remain.’
If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars;
It may be, in yon smoke concealed,
Your comrades chase even now the fliers,
And, but for you, possess the field,
For while the tired waves, vainly breaking,
Seem here no painful inch to gain,
Far back, through creeks and inlets making,
Comes silent, flooding in, the main.
And not by eastern windows only,
When daylight comes, comes in the light;
In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly!
But westward look! The land is bright.”

When it seems we are completely surrounded by malevolent forces, we mustn’t get too caught up in the immediacy of the situation and lose perspective. Christ is still Lord.

We must take the long look as Nahum suggested; believing the worst of man is no match for God. Like an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of every vile force, “and darkness shall pursue His enemies” (Nahum 1:8).

The author gratefully acknowledges that he drew from a sermon by Dr. Brian Harbour, titled, “The Awesomeness of God,” in the writing of this article.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

HB2: time to put the 'trans' back in 'transformative thought'?



Last night I watched North Carolina Values Coalition's Tami Fitzgerald- a guest on UNC-TV's Legislative Week in Review- trot out her flea circus of lies and lurid sexual fantasies, ably assisted by an interviewer who asked her not one single question about, say, why her ability to pee comfortably is best secured by taking away cities' rights to set their own standards for public contracting; or removing the right of anyone in North Carolina from access to state courts; or holding down the wages of those who work for a living rather than rattling a stick in a swill bucket for money.

Of course, her- and the NCGOP's- goal is to keep people focused on pervy bathroom things while the massive rollback of citizen rights shoveled in on the back of the manufactured public bathroom gay panic settles into law.

Those interested in actually understanding the unfamiliar terrain of transgender issues, however, will benefit from taking a few to read and consider this excellent article.

Also worth a read is the conservative economist Tyler Cowen's ongoing discussions of the issue, as in this account he recommends, from a transgender economist:
In response to my post on transgender issues, I was sent this in an email, by a very good economist, it is lengthy so I am putting most of it under the fold, but do please read the whole thing.
First of all, I would like to thank you for contributing to this debate and for consistently sticking up for trans people and LGBT people more generally. We need more people like you who can engage in good, reasoned debate.

I would like to make a few observations in order to summarize this debate, and to use this summary to push for a fourth alternative–a sort of Hayekian alternative, which involves building upon the spontaneous order that we already have. This is assuming that there will always be a legal definition (or several overlapping definitions) of gender, ruling out option 1. Option 2 (overlapping definitions) is already a reality, which we can use to build on. Seen in that light, option 3 (the current debate) seems like a step backward, driven by emotions rather than reason.

A little background about me: I am one of three (to my knowledge) “out” trans* economists, and one of two “out” trans women. As such, I have followed the debate about trans* people since I was young, since this debate is about my very survival. In addition, I think that it is useful to look at this debate through the lens of economics and moral philosophy, since that lens helps us to see some of our blind spots.

The facts are as follows. Trans people have been going to the bathroom or using changing rooms since there have been trans people, which has been basically all of human history. This has led to a kind of tacit order in which people use bathrooms according to the binary gender nearest their own gender presentation, and this has led to no problems for the majority of the cis (i.e. not trans) population. In my own experience, the problems that trans people have faced using the bathroom are in direct proportion to the degree that one is read as trans. In my case, I tend to get read as “German lady,” and I have never had a problem using the women’s room or locker room. I know people who have had problems–this is especially a problem for trans men, butch women, and very androgynous-looking people. This has become more of an issue as people with non-binary gender identities and presentations have started to become more visible.

However, the increased visibility of trans people, the success of the LGB part of the LGBT movement, and a sense that trans people are scary deviants have led to some of the backlash that we see. This backlash is strongest among people who are just learning about our existence, or among those who think of us as sex objects–objects of desire but also of danger to their sense of masculinity or to their sense of the natural order of things. My own guess is that these people are projecting some of their own hang-ups on to us. Importantly, this backlash has been coordinated in the background by some anti-trans groups–look at the same, clunky language featured in each of these bathroom bills–and this backlash has aimed to drive trans people entirely from public spaces. I would argue that this backlash is motivated by fear and disgust, and these emotions can’t be reasoned with. However, they can be reasoned around.

To see what’s gone wrong, let’s start by looking through the lens of Jonathan Haidt’s moral foundations theory, which is a bit like a modern-day version of virtue ethics. Haidt identifies six moral foundations, which closely map on to the classical virtues: (1) care/harm, (2) fairness/cheating, (3) loyalty/betrayal, (4) authority/transgression, (5) sanctity/degradation, and (6) liberty/oppression. Each of these moral foundations has implications for the debate surrounding the rights of trans people to exist and to be seen in public. Furthermore, these foundations motivate a lot of the, um, motivated reasoning that we see. Let’s focus on the main motivations for the backlash, which have to do with (4) and (5). Basically, they think that we’re disgusting, disordered perverts.

To understand (4), let’s turn to the language of all of these bills. These bills cite three separate definitions of sex or gender, none of which necessarily lines up with any other. These definitions are gender assigned at birth, the gender on one’s birth certificate (which can sometimes, but not always, be revised), and one’s chromosomal makeup (which is not usually observed at birth). All of these definitions are based on the idea that trans people transgress some kind of divine or natural authority, and that we need to bring them back into line. These definitions do not allow for people to medically transition–trans women with vaginas would have to use the men’s room and trans men with penises would have to use the women’s room–instead they amount to an admonition of, “man up, faggot.” Not surprisingly, some of the leading of these advocates of these bills have been evangelical organizations and advocates of “reparative therapy” (i.e. imprisonment and/or torture) for LGBT people.

To understand (5), let’s turn to the other main justification given by the (mostly male) supporters of these bills: to protect their wives and daughters (not so much sons, I wonder why) against using the same restrooms as us. This is because they see trans women in particular–even those with vaginas–as filthy deviants whose presence is inherently degrading, while they see trans men as an amusing curiosity, if they see trans men at all. Think of the main ways in which trans women have been depicted over the past 30 years in film–as cannibal serial killers, as something to throw up at, as sexual predators, and as dead bodies found in dumpsters. Literally as trash. The current backlash feeds into a lot of these tropes, particularly the sexual predator one, while if anything, trans women have a lot more to fear from straight men, and straight men have a lot more to fear from high-school wrestling coaches turned Republican politicians.

(Meanwhile, the model response I’ve received from other women has been, “so what?”)

These are the two “moral foundations” generally used to oppose letting trans* people use the restroom. While the anti-trans movement also sometimes uses the language of care (saving us from ourselves, which has been discredited since the work of Harry Benjamin in the 1960s) and liberty/oppression (seeing themselves as the aggrieved victims of political correctness or axe-grinding about “World War T”, particularly on the alt-right), their hearts are not really in it.

So, how should the law respond to recognize the genders of trans people, while also dealing with those marginal cases of women with penises or men with vaginas using the locker room, and at the same time trying to defuse some of the violent hatred faced by trans people? Let’s start by recognizing that this is all complicated, and that the law is a blunt, often violent instrument. No single legal definition of gender can cover all relevant cases. Instead, we can build on what we already have, and we can maybe even make things a little bit easier.

Furthermore, the best thing that we can do is sit back, take a deep breath, and let our emotions cool down a bit. High emotions make bad decisions.

To start, we currently have a tangle of federal, state, local, and extralegal definitions of gender. For the federal government, the genders on one’s social security card, passport, selective service registration, etc., may all differ from each other. Add to that state drivers’ licenses, state IDs, voter IDs, original and/or revised birth certificates, university documents, tax records, and whichever gender someone reads me as while showing me to the restroom. For some people this even varies over the course of the day. Some states allow for a change of legal gender (such as California), while other states deny that legal gender is really a thing (such as Illinois). On the governmental side, this setup is inconsistent and a bit Kafkaesque, although I personally have had enough resources and luck to successfully navigate that system.

Most countries get around this by having a centralized personal registry (Germany’s Personenstandregister, for instance, which is simple but difficult to change, or the Danish version, which is easier to change). For Americans, setting up a centralized registry and/or national ID would represent a significant intrusion in personal liberty, and it would further complicate our patchwork system.

However, there are things that can be done, like making it possible to leave one’s gender on an ID or passport blank (or a third option ‘X’), as Australia and India have done. And, at the state and local level, a lot can be done to remove hurdles to getting proper documentation. Here would be where a Personenstandregister would make sense, with full faith and credit applied for all federal documents. People would be able to change their register entry by affidavit, as in Ireland or Denmark. However, there would likely be some civil rights issues in the ways that certain states would apply this idea.

The idea here is to remove bureaucratic hurdles and especially not to involve the police, which can be very dangerous for trans women in particular–particularly those who are black, Latina, disabled, involved in sex work, or poor. Current practice in many jurisdictions is to arrest visibly trans women on sight and charge them with “manifesting prostitution,” or to charge _them_ with a crime when they call the police for help, as in the case of a black trans woman in Minnesota who defended herself from an attack by a drunk Nazi. Or there are cases where the police fail to prosecute murder or attempted murder against trans women, and in fact, they sometimes collaborate with murderers. We need to do more to actively combat this type of bias and to reduce the amount of contact that trans people have with a biased legal system.

All of this can be done while realizing that our binary gender system is just a shorthand model that people use to navigate a more complex world. Since this world is complex, day-to-day decisions are best made at a low level, which is why Gov. Daugaard vetoed South Dakota’s bathroom bill. A good motto for this would be, “Get the government out of our bathrooms.” This approach is Hayekian at its heart, and it can even appeal to a large number of right-thinking conservatives.

For instance, my conservative Republican father managed a trans woman employee a few years ago, well before I “came out”. This woman had to use the bathroom and locker room at work. To make this work out, the company called a meeting of all of the female employees, and they led a respectful conversation about what was going on. This effort resulted in the other women accepting the trans woman as one of their own; she got to use the locker room; and nobody felt threatened or disgusted. It was a win-win for everyone involved, and it also sent a positive message.

We need more, not less, of this kind of virtuous approach.
Very well put.  From elsewhere, here is a very good Jacqueline Rose piece on trans issues.  One of the best pieces I have read this year.  And here is a very good update on where various public disputes stand.
- See more at: http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2016/04/claire-offers-a-hayekian-approach-to-transgender-issues.html#more-68253

Friday, April 29, 2016

HB2 Update- Reidsville gets its first all-in discriminators!

Well, up to a point.

Congratulations to Jeff and Leigh Ann Martin, who run Martin Medical in Reidsville, North Carolina! They’re the first businesspeople in nine days willing to step up today and declare they want to discriminate to the maximum extent HB2 allows!

North Carolina Values Coalition, which runs the Daily Discriminators List at its KeepNCSafe.org site, also keeps a list of faint-hearted spitemongers who want to turn customers away but are afraid to stand alongside their beliefs in the public arena where they do business. They claim 401 businesses support HB2 as of today, but the last entry they added was #332, on March 31, 2016, at 5.41 pm.


Their public list, which was rolled out March 29 with 55 names, has only added 18 in the month of April. At that rate, it will take them 1405 years and eight months to sign up all the businesses in the Tarheel State.


And remember: there are over 821,000 businesses in North Carolina.

Here’s the complete list, to date, by town and city:


Added “by error” and withdrawn by North Carolina Values Coalition


Marilyn Harding, Marilyn H. Harding, LPC, PLLC, Cary, NC 27511
Kristina Nieshalla, CB HPW Realtors, Raleigh, NC 28615
Keith Zimmerman, Hanesbrands, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Albemarle


Jana Huffstetler, Collision Center of Stanley County, Albemarle, NC 28001


Bakersville


Elizabeth Walker, Oexning Silversmiths, Inc., Bakersville NC 28705


Banner Elk


Jadd Brewer, Water Quality Lab and Operations, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Charlotte


Sallie Caldwell, S & S Cleaning Service, LLC,  Charlotte NC 28212
Reese Cao, XG Technologies, Inc., Charlotte NC 28277
David & Judith Hale, Lighthouse Electric of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28278
James Hartsell, Edifice Inc., Charlotte, NC 20208
H. Ralph Henderson, Omnichannel Productions, Charlotte, NC 28213
Tim Herlihy, Occupational Health Concepts, Charlotte, NC 28269
Gregory Humphrey, Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning, Charlotte NC
Cheryl Jones, ICI Lamp Company, Charlotte, NC 28212
Bill Montross, Christian Business Men Connections, Charlotte, NC
Jesse Newton, Green Branch Construction, Inc., Charlotte, NC 28213
James Potts, Overhead Door Co. of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 29269
Justin Reeder, Superior Wash Southeast, Charlotte, NC
Doug Schmeuszer, Sunbelt Packaging LLC, Charlotte, NC
Tim Steele, Thermal Services, Inc. Charlotte, NC 28270
Gretchen, Tate, God’s Glamorous Girls, Charlotte, NC
Keith Vance, Vance Resource LLC, Charlotte, NC 28211
Michael Wolff, KC Solutions Group, Charlotte, NC
Charles O’Connor, Advanced Enclosure Consulting, Charlotte, NC 282144
Richard Gavin, Riverside Millwork, Charlotte, NC 28206
Shar’Dae White, Personal Catering, LLC, Charlotte, NC
Alva Yandle, Melatex, Inc, Charlotte, NC 28205
Thomas McCain, Carolina Green Landscape Co., Charlotte NC 28214
Charlotte Christian Chamber, Indian Land, SC 289707
Kel Grenga, J.K. Grenga & Associates, Inc., Charlotte NC 28214
Scott Saunders, Praygrounds, Charlotte, NC 28271

Concord


Sam Cowles, Main Street Investments, LLC, Concord NC 28025
David Benham, Benham Real Estate Group, Concord, NC 28027
David Snyder, Snyder Packaging, Inc., Concord, NC 28025

Conover


Karen McDaniel, Accounting & More, Conover, NC 28613

Davidson


Dusten Harward, D Harward Marketing, Davidson, NC 28036


Greensboro


Ronald Obie, WCRG- Wood Coatings Research Group, Greensboro, NC 29407


Grifton


Charles Herring, CC Ventures, Grifton, NC 28530


Indian Trail


Sergey Kholod, Serglandscape Company, Indian Trail, NC 28079


Kannapolis


Carl Ford, South Rowan Broadcasting Inc., Kannapolis, NC 28082
Carl Ford, Ford Broadcasting Inc., Kannapolis, NC 28082

Matthews


Lila Sanacore, Prayerful Touch Massage, Matthews, NC 28105
Paul, Weaver, AWPC, Inc., Matthews, NC 28106
Tracey Sellers, The Balanced Body Center, Matthews, NC 28105
Angela Smith, Lombardo Swimming Pools, Matthews, NC 28105

Mint Hill


David Griffin, Griffin Tile & Marble Inc., Mint Hill, NC 28227


Morrisville


Nathan A. Click, Pearl Financing, LLC, Morrisville 27560

Newton Grove


Mark & Lora Godwin, Mark Godwin Family Farms Inc., Newton Grove, NC 28366


Not found


Jennifer Champion, Total Life Changes
Debra Hasty, Hasty Home Resources
Rebekah Hopkins, Beethoven's Piano Revelers Studio
Adam and Michelle Mills, Mills Inc.
Eileen Dover, Mary Merrie Christmas Shoppe

Oriental


Henri McClees, McClees Consulting, Inc., Oriental, NC 28571

Out of State


Charlotte Christian Chamber, Indian Land, SC 289707
Ray Harrison, Carolina Carpet and Flooring, Easley, SC 29640
System Electric Co., Plano, TX 75074

Pineville


Tony Mazzone, Comfort Security, Pineville, NC 28134


Raleigh


Lisa Todd, Todd Group, Raleigh, NC 27615
Wesley Dunn, Wesley’s Detail & Tree Service, Raleigh, NC 27615
Centurion Construction Co. Inc, Raleigh, NC 27617
MLG Construction Consultants, LLC, Raleigh, NC 27622
Carolina Civilworks Inc., Raleigh NC 27623
Hunt Properties, Inc., Raleigh NC 27603


Reidsville


Jeff and Leigh Ann Martin, Martin Medical 27320

Statesville


Maria Vari, Strategic Resource Development, Statesville, NC 28677


Wendell


Ruben Martinez, Maranatha Realty, Wendell, NC 27591

Wilmington


Tom Harcus, Arcas Real Estate Investment LLC, Wilmington, NC 28409
American Homesmith, Wilmington, NC 28411
Rob Moser, Sanctuary Center for Counseling, Wilmington, NC 28403

Winston-Salem


Anna Maria Simeonides, To Your Health Bakery, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Paul Strates, Archangel Michael Orthodox Christian Bookstore, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Kelly Simeonides, Planet Family Inc., Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27104
CarolinaDreamRealEstate.com Inc., Winston-Salem, NC 27103


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NOTE: This list is taken, verbatim, from the press release of the North Carolina Values Coalition, as amended by them. City locations are taken from public records, in order to aid readers in avoiding doing business with companies who support the discriminatory House Bill 2, passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in March, 2016, and to aid readers in not confusing them with other, similarly named businesses that might exist in or out of North Carolina.

It is also intended to spare customers unexpected denials of service should they happen into a business that has declared its support of HB 2 without making it public otherwise.

The list is not intended to advocate for, or encourage, any form of rude behavior toward any business. They and their owners are entitled to their views, and they have the law on their side. If anything, this list will assist them in their desire to let North Carolinians know that the support HB 2, as the North Carolina Values Coalition press release states. If any business has been omitted that wishes to be added, please contact us. If any business listed wishes to support HB 2's legalization of minority group discrimination and still seeks the trade of any group the law allows discrimination against, kindly forward an explanation of how you get to that juxtaposition of ideas and we will gladly append it.

HB2: Or, Dialogue and Democracy



The News & Observer, April 28, 2016:

State Senate Democrats’ proposal to repeal House Bill 2 appears to be dead just a day after it was filed.

On Wednesday, senators Terry Van Duyn of Asheville, Jeff Jackson of Charlotte and Mike Woodard of Durham filed Senate Bill 784, which would repeal the controversial LGBT law in its entirety. The bill is identical to one filed Monday by House Democrats.

Senate leaders signed the bill to committees on Thursday. Because of a budget item included, its first stop is the Senate Appropriations Committee. But if it got approval from that panel, its second assigned stop is the Senate Ways and Means Committee – which is something of an inside joke in the Senate.

The three-member Ways and Means Committee hasn’t held a meeting in years. It’s widely known as the graveyard of the Senate – the place where Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca sends legislation that he wants to kill.

So it’s virtually certain that the repeal bill will never make it to the Senate floor for a full vote.


The Way & Means Committee has three members. One is Sen. Terry Van Duyn, one of the co-sponsors of the repeal HB2 bill. The ice chair is Andrew Brock, a party man with fourteen years’ senate seniority despite being only 42.

The committee chair is Tom Apodaca. The committee only meets at the call of the chair.

The HB2 repeal bill will join sixteen public education improvement measures, two for historic preservation incentives, and one calling for an independent redistricting commission.

Yet, in the Republican vision of transparency in government, you can sign up for an email notification of when the committee that never meets holds a meeting. I did.

On the House side, the repeal HB2 bill has been sent to the Judiciary IV committee, which took thirty minutes to approve HB2 and send it back to the House floor for passage March 23.

Shortly after he issued an executive order Tuesday on House Bill 2, Governor Pat McCrory told Tim Boyum of Time Warner Cable News that the time was right for “dialogue” between supporters and opponents of the new law. “Why don’t we have a conversation about it and see our differences, and understand our differences and understand the passion?,” McCrory said. “Isn’t that what we should have instead of just threats and signs and soundbites on the news and headlines? Let’s have a conversation.”

Now we are five weeks into the McCrory Age of Safe Peeing. The Governor- perhaps recognizing that the General Assembly is not a place where dialogue happens- has switched his tune. Now he says liberals, transgender people, and the mean gays overwhelmed the municipal government of Charlotte to pass an antidiscrimination law to force the General Assembly to pass HB2 to force a backlash against McCrory’s re-election bid. The mastermind of the Baldrickian clever plan, he says is the Human Rights Campaign, a group he didn’t know existed a month ago; couldn’t remember the name of on Meet The Press three weeks ago; and declared more powerful than the NRA- America’s most powerful interest group- shortly after that.

Yet with all that horsepower, the road to HB2’s repeal dead-ends in Tom Apodaca’s Ways & Means Committee.

Go figure.