Anti-Gay Law Backlash May Cause Loss of LGBT Support - Jude Samson - Transgender Universe

Unless you live thoroughly disconnected from main stream media odds are you’ve heard about the HB 2 in North Carolina and the HB 1523 in Mississippi bills that were just signed by their Governors, Pat McCrory (R) and Phil Bryant (R), respectively. There are countless articles and news accounts that cover the details of each of the bills but this article is not about that and will say it’s basically a manipulation to allow for it to be lawful for people to discriminate against anyone in the LGBT spectrum without fear of being sued under the guise of ‘religious freedom’.

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Rob Reiner

Along with the announcements that these bills were signed the general public has been deluged with statements from all kinds of major businesses and high-profile persons crying out for the bill to be overturned. Most recently PayPal made its announcement that it will no longer be bringing it’s nearly $4 million dollar development into the Charlotte, NC area. Film production has been an industry that was quickly gaining ground in the North Carolina area given its diverse geographical landscape and lower costs compared to the bigger cities such as Los Angeles and New York City combined with more stable climates. However, major companies such as Lions Gate have since pulled productions out of the state while individuals like Rob Reiner have made clear statements that they will refuse to film anywhere inside North Carolina while this bill remains in effect.

To further attempt to “hit them where it hurts” (i.e. the wallet) Governors of other states such as New York, California, and Connecticut led the way to institute travel bans for all “non-essential” travel to both North Carolina and Mississippi. The businesses above and many others have taken similar steps to boycott by removing business opportunities by expanding their businesses into the areas or removing services such as canceling all productions of Wicked inside the states until these bills are revamped or removed entirely.

“how long will “the people” be on our side?”

As of right now “the people” are behind the businesses and our cause as they are currently throwing their support our way. While there is a vocal group of “religious radicals” who have allowed these bills to be signed and who are fighting to keep them active, there seems to be a wonderfully massive response from the general population of these states and across the nation making it well-known they’re opposed to these discriminatory bills. The problem is, how long will “the people” be on our side?

Anti-Gay Law Backlash May Cause Loss of LGBT Support - Transgender Universe

While the politicians are typically the ones focused on how much money will be coming into their states, they don’t always feel the belt-tightening until much further down the road. It’s “the people” that will feel the financial crunch far sooner and far more severely than most politicians and, as a result, the tide for us could quickly change to a tide against us. As businesses pull out their funding and jobs that could be coming into the area people could have one of two responses. First would be in our favor where it further angers and infuriates the people while they demand justice and an immediate response, calling the politicians to task for their mismanagement and tactics that have damaged an already tenuous economy. The second could be “see, those gays/trans ruin everything, it’s their fault we lost our jobs” which would result in a massive backlash against us and our causes.

Our best hope is that North Carolina and Mississippi will feel the weight of the national pressure before it impacts the economy in their regions as quickly as the Governor Mike Pence (R) of Indiana did when he attempted to legalize bigotry and discrimination.

  • Well executed Jude. One note: North Carolina law is HB2, erroneously cited at the head of your article as HB1.
    These various bans and restrictions are enacted as solidarity to the LGBT community. I find it comforting that industry is taking a financial stand against a social and moral wrong. Religious zealots are stagnating human evolution. Flipping the canvas, LGBT advocates and supporters are not enacting laws against religious bigotry and discrimination. I would love to hear how the presidential candidates feel about this growing epidemic of exclusion and fear mongering, and what they plan to do if elected to office.
    mir, irini, peace, amn,
    -jahn

  • Sydney S

    One thing that may affect lawmakers really soon is that this is an election year, so the GOP has a good change of loosing a lot of seats in the legislation later this year.

    • destiny

      Lets hope. and now more states are fallowing NC Including my state. South Carolina.

      • Michael Vittitow

        Not one bill describes how they will enforce it. hum..

        • Harry Johnson

          Thats simple if someone makes a complaint the cops come and you got to jail. Its simple carolyn.

    • Jude Samson

      Let’s hope that the massive nationalized attention these bills are bringing will send people out to vote in droves.

  • destiny

    my history is horrible. enough to make any Trans person cry and feel lucky they did not endure what I have had too. 31 years of hate and bigotry that included my family. which is what took me so long to transition. Unfortunately I live in the middle of bigot central. and now my state of South Carolina too has entered a bathroom bill. this is not my first attempt. my last was a two year run off my mothers hormones. ( revenge for her running off my doctors ) it was the best years of my life. I got to be a mother too two adorable baby girls. I loved it every moment. I went into female bathrooms no one ever said one word. nothing ever happened. most saw me as female just a female. not a transgender female just a female. I was a very pretty girl. size 7/8 very curvy. no one ever knew I was trans. no one cared. it was very different in the 90’s no one ever heard much about us.
    I went stealth and was accepted. but along with the good came the bad. my first attempt in 1984/85 my family ran off my doctors. and just 6 months is all I got on HRT but it was enough. and that is when I was drugged and raped. but just after the 90’s I ran out of Hormones and was clocked by a bigot. at first I thought he was chocking me. when I got his hands pulled back that is when I saw the bloody knife. I took a few stabs to the arm and one to the chest but it did not go in the bone. I was able to get away and make it to a neighbors house. my icon is me from the 90’s I did survive to see a day when we were validated and a clinic opened and saved me from another decade passing me by. all to see this nightmare begin. and with all the medical facts you would think it would all end. Something has to give. we have to fight for our sisters and brothers. we can not allow the next generation to have to endure what we have for so many decades!

    • Jude Samson

      What a tremendous story of strength as you’ve traveled through all these hardships. I read you kept saying “was” a female – you ARE a female. Whether you’re on HRT or not, you are a female and you’re a brave on for fighting forward and paving the way for others.

      • destiny

        you are right. and I am again for the third time. and everything is going great. It has been a journey. and I am lucky I made it. I am a female always have been.

      • Harry Johnson

        Be careful David price has issues. He is not all there.

  • Michael Vittitow

    When does this bill come into effect, and how do they intend to enforce it. Actually the bill means nothing if you have no way to enforce it. To make it non discrimatory everyone would have to drop their pants. even then many trans people will pass that test. Gee and all because someone wants to go pee!

    • Jude Samson

      The problem is that some of these bills are offering “bounties” such as $2500 for finding “someone in the wrong bathroom” which is going to open a flood gates of groping people.