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).
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
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
Notify the Office for Civil Rights of LGBTQ discrimination in your public school
Participate in Campaigns/Events
Southerners On New Ground
GLSEN’s Day of Silence
I’ll Go With You campaign
Direct Action and Support for Queer and Trans People of Color
North Carolina Black Lives Matter Coalition
- ACLU: www.aclu.org
- ACLU of North Carolina: www.acluofnorthcarolina.org
- El Cambio: http://elcambio.webs.com/
- Equality NC: www.equalitync.org
- Get EQUAL: http://www.getequal.org/about.html
- GLSEN: www.glsen.org
- GSA Network: www.gsanetwork.org
- Inside Out (Triangle Area): http://insideout180.org/
- LGBT Center of Raleigh: www.lgbtcenterofraleigh.com
- LGBTQ Center of Durham : www.lgbtqcenterofdurham.org
- Outright Youth (Hickory/Newton-Conover): www.outrightyouthcv.org
- Queer People of Color Collective: http://queerpoccollective.com/
- Southerners on New Ground: http://southernersonnewground.org/
- The Tribe: http://www.thetribeclt.com/
- Time Out Youth Center: www.timeoutyouth.org
- Youth Outright (Asheville): www.youthoutright.org
Register your GSA with the North Carolina GSA Network HERE.
Read Time Out Youth Center's statement on HB2 HERE.