March 25, 2016 at 6:31 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Five arrested in Raleigh protest over N.C. anti-LGBT law: report
North Carolina, gay news, Washington Blade

Five people were reportedly arrested during a demonstration over the anti-LGBT law in North Carolina. (Screen capture courtesy WRAL)

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.

From WRAL:

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regional organizer, told the Washington Blade action will continue after initial protest until the anti-LGBT law is repealed.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:

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  • San Francisco’s mayor has now barred city workers’ travel to North Carolina. Washington’s Mayor Bowser should quickly do likewise.

    All cities and states should follow San Fran’s ethical principled stance against anti-LGBT, hate-state politics.

    Likewise, all major national banks, corporations and business and professional associations should avoid doing business with and in NC as well.

    Whether LGBT-supportive or not, corporations HQ’d in NC, like Bank of America, Wachovia, Belk, Family Dollar, Goodrich, Reynolds American, SAS, Sealy, etc. will now have a much higher LGBT/human rights bar to clear as well.

    These corporations should quickly form Human Rights PACs to ‘PRIMARY’ and ‘GENERAL’ every bigoted politician who was responsible for the passage of this hate-state law.

    Such NC-based corporations and contractors can not sit comfortably by in Charlotte and other NC cities, with a wink and a nod, and claim their hands are now tied by their hate-state political leaders.

    And having LGBT-friendly diversity policies is SO NOT enough.
    **San Francisco mayor bars city workers’ travel to North Carolina over transgender bathroom law*

    • Did any of these NC-based corporations urge the Governor of that state not to sign the bill or come out against the legislature’s actions? It was done relatively quickly likely to avoid any organized opposition to their actions.

      Press the screws. Let’s see if these companies will step up and demand it be undone. What was the other place where a ballot initiative failed, Texas? No action going on there about it by companies, huh?

      But look at it another way, this only serves to substantiate the need for federal legislation like the Fair Equality Act.

      We are in a new phase of the cultural war, our liberty pitted against so-called religious liberty. It’s going to get ugly.

      • The bathroom issue was just an excuse to eliminate the ability of cities and towns across the state to enact protections for gay citizens. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for instance, had one of the first ordinances in the U.S. protecting the rights of gay people back in the ’70s–such a measure would now be illegal. This corrupt governor has acted foolishly in his rush to hate and discriminate. There is a price to be paid for it. (Don’t think he is not an equal opportunity bigot–he champions unfair voter laws that unfairly impact minority communities, which the NAACP here has been vocally protesting since he came into office. And our state has seen some of the worst pollution in the nation from this governor’s close ties to a reckless energy company–his former employer.) Enough is enough!

        • Of course the bathroom issue was an excuse but they needed a wedge issue like that to enable them to rescind it. Otherwise they could not have done it.

          This is why I have advocated an end to all or nothing strategies to advance our rights. The bathroom issue could have been intoduced as a separate stand alone issue to protect the other provisions.

          As someone pointed out, we could ask them to add gender neutral bathrooms as a compromise but we must be prepared for push back on expense.

          • And said advocates are mostly, if not entirely, correct.

            I believe you are mistaken… on both the human rights fairness of LGBTs’ now-longstanding partnership, as well as the effectiveness of the political stratagems employed throughout that alliance.

            Indeed, you’re sounding like the naivete of the first Obama Administration in dealing with Republicans on the Hill.

            Intentionally weakening one’s alliance and/or negotiating against one’s alliance is no strategy at all. It is de facto capitulation to the adversary.
            Despite the lessons learned, advocates continue to insist on all or nothing strategies as the only fair path forward. **

          • Beliefs are not facts. I stand by my assessment. Idealism rarely wins battles. That’s why after 45 years since stonewall we have few federal legislative victories we can be grateful for. Most all our victories have been judicial and were it not for that we’d have little to show for our efforts.

            People who refuse to learn from their mistakes are condemned to repeat them. I’ve known others like you with the same naive attitude.

            Your allegiance watering down argument is none sense. That’s an immature and shortsighted response. We already work against each other’s interest with the childish demand that if we can’t get it all at once we don’t want it want it at all approach. That just continues to get us nothing.

            So if some people get pissed off so what? We aren’t living the dream with everyone happy now are we? What are they going to achieve on their own?

          • Uh huh.

            So, going forward, specifically, how do you recommend LGBT advocates now handle the situations in North Carolina and Georgia?
            Your allegiance watering down argument is none sense. That’s an immature and shortsighted response. You ignore the big picture and long term goal.

            We already work against each other’s interest with the childish demand that if we can’t get it all at once we don’t want it want it at all approach. That just continues to get us nothing.**

          • Right now it appears that they made it worse than before because now they can’t pass any city ordinances to get these protections anymore. The all or nothing strategy put you there so how will you use it to get you out? You tell me.

            Litigation may solve your bathroom issue. The Virginia case should get an appeal ruling soon and maybe if you had been patient and waited for that to happen rather that tie it to city ordinances you wouldn’t be in this bind now. All or nothing got you nothing!!

            Regardless of how the courts rules on bathrooms that will do nothing for the employment and other non-discrimination ordinances. You have to now go through a more difficult attempt to undue the law maybe with a state bill with wide corporate sponsorship. That will take a lot of time, money and effort and we have unlimited resources don’t we?

            This should hopefully serve as a case study in what doesn’t work and shouldn’t be done in a red state.

          • Okeedoke. We should alert all red state media.

          • Or just keep doing what you’re doing since that is working so well for us.

            Maybe will achieve all our goals when stonewall has it’s 100th anniversary at the rate your approach is going. Or is that too optimistic?

          • That is myopic cynicism of a high order. There is a disturbing whiff of transphobia (or uninformed, transphobic bias) in too much of your commentary as well.

            While there is much LGBT civil rights work left to do, that the LGBT partnership has achieved much in a very short period of time, is a matter of empirical record, not opinion.

            Also, try to understand that governments don’t have the power to grant human rights, as human rights are fundamental to our species. We LGBTs possess them as a result of our birth. Governments can only affirm or deny them. That’s what the fight is about.

            Human rights includes transgender human rights. Transgender rights can not be ignored, denied, nor subdivided without causing injury– every damn day– to transgender people.

            What don’t you understand about that?

          • So now disagreeing with your strategy makes me transphobic. How expedient. I’ve told you time and again my reasoning and you keep going around in circles with me with your view is the only valid one and mine is wrong. You simply don’t want to hear any view other than your own so stop asking me! You’re becoming tedious!

            How on earth could you say that LGBT rights have been achieved in a relative short time? Relative to what exactly? I’ve been watching it evolve for over 30 years and nothing has been relatively short to me! I’m sick and tired of waiting. How old are you exactly? I’d really like to know.

            If transgender people have always been part of our movement, then explain to me why the Romer V. Evans decision specifically only mentions homosexuals and bisexuals but not transgender people back in 1996? Should we assume there was no transgender bias back then or that Colorado didn’t have issue with Transgender rights only homosexual and bisexual rights?


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