From Blue Ridge Pride-
The proposed North Carolina “Parents’ Bill of Rights” only serves to further marginalize our LGBTQ+ youth. The introduction of SB49 yesterday would require forcibly outing transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. It further prohibits the mention of the LGBTQ+ community in the classrooms. Our queer and trans-youth are already vulnerable, and this bill could have serious life-threatening consequences if it moves forward. Our youth deserve a safe, affirming space. All children deserve a space that is inclusive and welcoming.
In a country that celebrates freedom of speech this bill is yet again another attack on the LGBTQ+ community. The rhetoric of some politicians and others only serves to divide our state and our nation. Our students deserve the same rights as other students without judgement.
Blue Ridge Pride calls upon our citizens to stand up and make your voices heard.
To the LGBTQ+ youth, parents, families, teachers, and staff of North Carolina we stand behind you and will continue to raise our voice for human rights. No one should ever be ashamed of who they are and who they love. Be proud. Be loud. Share your truth and live an authentic life.