Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality called the bill “cynical” on Twitter.
@BuzzFeedLGBT This is not a repeal. Just a cynical package that will continue to hurt NC and trans people.
— Mara Keisling (@MaraKeisling) March 30, 2017
And Chase Strangio of the ACLU said that LGBT people are the “biggest losers” in the bill.
Biggest losers in HB2 fake repeal:
-people who care about decency
— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) March 30, 2017
The headline on HRC’s website calls the bill “shameful.” “After more than a year of inaction, today North Carolina lawmakers doubled-down on discrimination,” HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement.
Equality North Carolina repeated the “double down” language. “Lawmakers and Governor Cooper have failed to resolve the problems with HB2 by doubling down on discrimination,” said Chris Sgro of Equality North Carolina.
Lambda Legal said that the revision was “unacceptable.”
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) March 30, 2017
Athlete Ally, an organization that fights anti-LGBT discrimination in sports, said the revision may not be acceptable to the NCAA, which has threatened to pull games from North Carolina because of HB2.
— Athlete Ally (@AthleteAlly) March 30, 2017
Even non-LGBTQ organizations joined in condemning the measure. Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards responded on Twitter.
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) March 30, 2017
The presidents of Voto Latino and the American Federation of Teachers also oppose the bill.
— María Teresa Kumar (@MariaTeresa1) March 30, 2017
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) March 30, 2017
And MoveOn released video.
— MoveOn.org (@MoveOn) March 31, 2017
Even some businesses stated their support for LGBTQ rights.
— Levi Strauss & Co. (@LeviStraussCo) March 30, 2017
— IBMPolicy (@IBMpolicy) March 30, 2017
And celebrities like Jane Fonda, Laverne Cox, and Montel Williams joined in.
— Jane Seymour Fonda (@Janefonda) March 30, 2017
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) March 30, 2017
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) March 30, 2017
But when Caitlyn Jenner tweeted her opposition, she got hammered.
— Harry Cook (@HarryCook) March 30, 2017
— Eliza C. Thompson (@thompsonplaid) March 30, 2017
After the deal between Republicans in the legislature and the Democratic governor was announced, Governor Roy Cooper said that this was “best deal that we could get.” What do you think? Tell us in the comments below, send us a tweet, or post your comment on our Facebook page.