Target: Emily Waggoner
Goal: Thank activist Emily Waggoner for supporting the transgender community.
The government of North Carolina may have enacted virulent anti-LGBT legislation, which legalizes discrimination and rejects the identities of transgender people, but the state’s proud people refuse to comply. Instead, North Carolina’s business owners and churches have united to form a network of “safe bathrooms” by skirting the limitations imposed by the law. North Carolina’s prohibition against allowing transgender people to use restrooms congruent with their gender only applies to public facilities; private individuals and businesses are free to do as they please. In joining the network, business owners and churches state that their restroom facilities are safe and welcoming of transgender people.
Emily Waggoner, who started the network and maintains a map of transgender-friendly bathrooms, told North Carolina News that she decided to take action because her loved ones are “directly affected by” the state’s anti-LGBT legislation. As she went on to explain, “Our initial idea was for this to be a resource for our friends in North Carolina, but it has turned into a platform for people to band together, raise their voices, and fight. It’s been amazing… The momentum and energy is palpable and contagious and we’ll keep it going as long as there is the need for it, even when HB2 gets overturned.”
Waggoner’s business and church coalition, and the map she maintains for it, are a testament to the spirit of democracy. When the people of our country stand up for one another, divisive government regulations are no obstacle. Sign on to congratulate Emily Waggoner and her coalition on their success and to encourage them to continue.
Dear Emily Waggoner,
When you saw the plight facing North Carolina’s transgender population after the passage of legislation barring them from gender-congruent public restrooms, you took action. You started a network of businesses and churches that thwarts the discriminatory aims of North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” by helping private individuals welcome transgender people to their facilities. As you explained to North Carolina News, the “initial idea was for this to be a resource for our friends in North Carolina, but it has turned into a platform for people to band together, raise their voices, and fight.” Thank you for your initiative and your courage in opposing North Carolina’s legislated bigotry.
North Carolina’s anti-LGBT laws face challenges on many fronts, from government travel-bans to lawsuits and political campaigns. Your pragmatic efforts, however, serve the immediate needs of the transgender community. Until North Carolina’s discriminatory law is struck down, people in the state still need to be able to use the restroom in safety and dignity. Moreover, the coalition that has gathered in support of your project sends a clear message of welcome.
We commend your initiative and your compassion. With you and the people you have helped bring together, it is clear that our country will not be lost to hate any time soon. Thank you.
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