Five people were arrested at a Raleigh, N.C., demonstration Thursday evening after they blocked traffic over the recently signed anti-LGBT law in North Carolina, according to a local report from WRAL.
The five individuals were reportedly taking part in a protest outside the governor’s mansion for Gov. Pat McCrory, who Wednesday evening signed into law House Bill 2. The measure, which undos state LGBT ordinances and prohibits transgender people from using the public restroom consistent with their gender identity, is considered the worst state anti-LGBT law in the nation.
Jade Brooks, 30, of Durham, Salma Mirza, 28, of Durham, Ngoc Tran, 20, of Durham, Jessica Jude, 27, of Durham, and Noah Rubin-Blose, 32, of Hillsborough, were charged with impeding the flow of traffic and with resisting, delaying or obstructing officers. All five were transported to the Wake County Detention Center.
Officials said the arrests were made after the five protesters, who chained themselves to one another in the middle of the street, refused to disperse.
All five protestors were released on a written promise to appear in court on Monday.
In a statement reportedly provided to WRAL, McCrory defended signing the law despite the demonstration as a means to protect privacy.
“Standing with North Carolina parents who are worried about the privacy and safety of their children will always be a top priority for the governor, no matter the spin by the media, pundits or politically correct crowd,” the statement says.
The event was coordinated by the Transgender Law Center at Southerners on New Ground, a newly formed national collaboration based in Atlanta.
Micky Bradford, TLC@SONG’s regional organizer, told the Washington Blade action will continue after initial protest until the anti-LGBT law is repealed.
“Last night’s demonstration at the governor’s Mansion was about showing Gov. McCrory and the North Carolina legislature that their irresponsible and dangerous action in pushing through HB 2 in a single day, without taking any time to hear from the community or consider the consequences, will not stand,” Bradford said. “Our communities are upset, we are strong, and we are organized. Between protests, organized resistance, and outcry from business leaders, the backlash against this attack on transgender people will keep growing until they take action to repeal this shameful law.”
Watch the WRAL report here: