Ruling against HB2 is a memo to McCrory: Tell the truth, rely on the facts
Last week a federal judge issued an injunction that prevents UNC campuses from enforcing the discriminatory HB2. As LGBT activist Steven Petrow writes in an op-ed for the Washington Post, the ruling should be a wake up call to the Gov. McCrory and politicians in Raleigh to stop the fear tactics.
In such a toxic political environment, this is a key message to North Carolina’s GOP leaders and political consultants who have steadfastly relied on anti-trans fearmongering, which drove passage of HB2 earlier this year and has led to the governor’s incendiary new TV spot. Please: Tell the truth. Rely on the facts.
The ad showcases a woman named Gina Little. She gazes directly into the camera and says: “At nine, I was molested by a teenager …. When I found out that President Obama and Roy Cooper [McCrory’s Democratic opponent in the governor’s race] want to force schoolchildren to share the same locker room, shower and restroom with someone who claims to be the opposite sex, I was horrified.”
My heart breaks for Little’s sexual assault as a young girl, and not just because I, too, was molested at about that same age. However, according to Charlotte’s NPR affiliate, WFAE, Little’s “assault did not take place in a school or locker room. But at home. And the assailant wasn’t a stranger, but a brother.” Indeed, she was targeted by the most common type of molester:men who identify as heterosexual.