Things 2 Love About NC: Don’t see what can’t happen because of HB2
A month ago, the North Carolina legislature passed House Bill 2, which nullifies local ordinances that would have protected LGBTQ people from being discriminated against for their sexual orientation or identity. It also requires transgendered people to use public restrooms that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth. And more.
Because the bill was passed, North Carolinians are forced to go without new jobs, tourism benefits, investments from startups, concerts and large-scale entertainment. Why? Because companies are taking their jobs to other states, investors are withdrawing funding from our startups, and performers and state governments are boycotting the state.
To inform North Carolinians about the effects these losses will have on their lives, McKinney is supporting the petition efforts of Equality NC and Human Rights Campaign with a YouTube channel. “Things 2 Love About NC” is filled with videos that don’t actually exist, because HB2 does.
“The fact is, even if you’re somehow not alarmed by the particulars of the bill, if you live in North Carolina, you’re feeling the effects,” said Group Creative Director Will Chambliss. “We wanted to create a simple and shareable way people could express their frustration about the negative impact this bill is having on our state, now and in the future.”
In April, our CEO Brad Brinegar was interviewed on CNN Money about the damage the discrimination in HB2 is causing local businesses. As a creative company that values diversity and inclusiveness, we hire all manner of people and work with clients that do the same. This bill makes doing that difficult or impossible. Supporting the efforts of Equality NC and HRC is our way of taking a public stand against HB2 and helping educate the public about the very real damage it has already caused.