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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Hundreds of people are expected to attend a rally Sunday in Greensboro against North Carolina’s controversial new bill which many have called “anti-LGBT.”

The protest is planned at College Park Baptist Church at 1601 Walker Ave. across from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro at 3 p.m. Sunday.

A pre-rally concert is planned to begin at 2:45 p.m. Event organizers said they are anticipating up to 500 attendees.

The event is presented by faith leaders, business owners and human rights organizations including National Conference for Community and Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union, EqualityNC and the Guilford Green Foundation, according to organizers.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill, called the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, last Wednesday after it was passed by the North Carolina Senate.

The law was in response to Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance that allowed transgender individuals to use public bathrooms of the sex with which they identify.

The bill blocks transgender individuals from using public bathrooms that match their gender identity and stops cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect gay and transgender people.