JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- Standing in solidarity with the LGBT community in North Carolina and in other southern states, a group of protesters gathered on Saturday in Johnson City.
Protesters said they were rallying together after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, which impacts the transgender community.
Beth Sluder with PFLAG Tri-Cities organized the rally.
The Facebook group description for Saturday’s event said in part, “Come join us to stand in solidarity with the citizens of North Carolina negatively affected by the recent passage of House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. In the spirit of a Queer Justice League, we will stand up and tell the government of our neighboring state that we are here, we are queer and these are OUR MOUNTAINS TOO! ”
“More legislation that’s put forward the more we will all stand out and be in everyone’s faces, we will have to let them remember we are not going away, we were here before this started and we will be here long after they are done,” Sluder said.
Sluder said they were also watching to see what happens with a similar bill in Mississippi, where Governor Phil Bryant could sign a bill that would let government employees and private businesses cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples who want to marry.
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