GSA Activism Guide For HB2

Background Information and Resources

What is HB2?

HB2 was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed into law by the governor on March 23, 2016. It overrides local nondiscrimination ordinances statewide, eliminating protections (current and future) for LGBTQ North Carolinians, and requires transgender and gender expansive students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificate, even if that conflicts with their gender identity.

For more information about HB2, read the ACLU of North Carolina's HB2 fact sheet HERE

LGBTQ students still have rights in K-12 public schools in North Carolina. You have the right to:

  • Express your gender identity at school.
  • Have your name and pronouns respected by school staff.
  • Attend school dances with the date of your choice.
  • Privacy and confidentiality about your identity.
  • Have a gay-straight alliance in your middle/high school.
  • Report bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to your school (and they are REQUIRED BY LAW to do something about it). 

HB2 UPDATES

Federal Guidance

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education released a joint Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students that reaffirmed the federal government’s support of the rights of transgender students under Title IX. You can view the letter here: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201605-title-ix-transgender.pdf

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

In June 2016, CMS released an update to their bully prevention regulations to better support transgender students. This updated regulation can be found on the CMS Board of Education policy website under JICK Bullying Prevention: http://policy.microscribepub.com/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=675389923&depth=2&infobase=charmeck.nfo&softpage=PL_Frame#

 

Raise Awareness of HB2 and Discrimination in Your School

Contact legislators and the governor and ask them to repeal HB2

http://equalitync.org/action/repeal_HB2

GSA Activities

  • Write editorials for community/school newspapers, create posters, educate GSA members in meetings, bring in guest speakers/experts, build coalitions with other social justice clubs, or make a school project for any class about LGBTQ rights.
  • Social media:
  • Use the hashtags #WeAreNotThis and #RepealHB2 in social media posts.
  • Tweet the Governor: Copy & Paste: @PatMcCroryNC #HB2 is the most sweeping anti-LGBT law in the land. It opens the door to discrimination and hate. #RepealHB2 #WeAreNotThis

Notify the Office for Civil Rights of LGBTQ discrimination in your public school

http://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/ClaimYourRights-10.15_0.pdf

  • If your school discriminates against transgender and gender expansive students by following HB2 rather than federal guidelines on Title IX, please file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • Afterwards, please email TRosendahl@TimeOutYouth.org to report that you filed a complaint.

 

Participate in Campaigns/Events

Southerners On New Ground 

http://southernersonnewground.org

  • Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South.

GLSEN’s Day of Silence 

http://www.dayofsilence.org/

  • The GLSEN Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT. Please email TRosendahl@TimeOutYouth.org if your GSA participates in the national event to track participation in North Carolina.

I’ll Go With You campaign

http://www.illgowithyou.org/

  • #IllGoWithYou allies go into bathrooms and other spaces with transgender people who may be afraid or concerned about their safety. An #IllGoWithYou ally offers support, buffering, and nonviolent assistance when asked.

#GSAsUnite campaign

https://unite.gsanetwork.org/

  • Create and share new campaigns online related to HB2 or other important causes.

TRUTH campaign

http://transgenderlawcenter.org/programs/truth

  • TRUTH is a national trans and gender nonconforming youth storytelling campaign that aims to build empathy, understanding, and a movement for youth to share their stories in their own words and in their own way. The campaign is a project of the Transgender Law Center and GSA Network.

 

Direct Action and Support for Queer and Trans People of Color

QPOCC

http://queerpoccollective.com/

  • The Queer People of Color Collective is a coalition of queer people of color that focuses on community and leadership building, resource sharing, and uplifting people of color, their achievements, and their struggles. They provide spaces of empowerment for queer and trans people of color.
  • QPOCC has been continually organizing action in response to HB2 since the passage of the bill. Check their Facebook for more information about their vital work, and for information about upcoming action: https://www.facebook.com/Queer-People-of-Color-Collective-QPOCC-192269794130501/?fref=ts

North Carolina Black Lives Matter Coalition

Durham: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1587552154801832/  

Greensboro: https://www.facebook.com/groups/760100747400377/

Wilmington: https://www.facebook.com/Black-Lives-Matter-Wilmington-NC-785639581513683/?fref=ts

  • Black Lives Matter is a strong organizer within North Carolina. The NC Black Lives Matter Coalition is dedicated to fighting anti-blackness, racism, and social injustices. BLM has organized multiple campaigns and direct action since the passing of HB2, and will continue to do so in the future.

 

Additional Resources:

Register your GSA with the North Carolina GSA Network HERE

Read Time Out Youth Center's statement on HB2 HERE.