Press Statement

NCLR Cancels Regional Leadership Convening in Raleigh in Protest of HB2, North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law

May 17, 2016

Julian Teixeira
(202) 776-1812

WASHINGTON, D.C.— NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today announced that it has moved its 2016 Northeast/Southeast Affiliate Leadership Convening scheduled to take place in Raleigh, N.C., this October to Miami, Florida, due to its opposition to HB2, the controversial measure signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in March. The law discriminates against transgender Americans and rolls back local-level protections for LGBT residents of the state.

“Hispanics know what it is like to be singled out and stripped of our humanity because of who we are or what we look like. And with the wave of anti-immigrant state laws in recent years, the Latino community is all too familiar with legislation that purports to ‘protect’ but, in fact, legalizes discrimination. HB2 is a solution in search of a nonexistent problem; it is unnecessary, offensive and violates not only our rights, but our values as Americans. By taking this action, we extend our support to the efforts of so many in North Carolina and the LGBT, civil rights and business communities to repeal this egregious law,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. 

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