WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hundreds of people gathered at Green Street United Methodist Church to speak out against House Bill 2.
“If we do not stop this now, in its tracks, none of us are safe and none of us are free,” said Pastor Liam Hooper.
Religious leaders from all backgrounds, community members and attorneys explained that the bill was about much more than just bathrooms.
Wake Forest University law professor Sid Shapiro says the bill also prevents cities and counties from setting their own minimum wage and from passing anti-discrimination laws.
“These changes make North Carolina the most repressive state in the union,” Shapiro said.
Senior pastor of the church Rev. Kelly Carpenter says he organized the event to address unanswered questions about the bill and the transgender community.
“When this bill became law, we were very, very concerned,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter says the church is one of many congregations in Winston-Salem which has welcomed the LGBT community.
“We have a number of transgender folks that are part of our congregation so we really wanted to speak out about this,” he said. “The misinformation and the myths and the fears and the transphobia that has been projected because of this bill needs to be addressed.”