We are extremely disappointed by the passage of North Carolina House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. We recognize, though, that the bill does not accurately represent Raleigh or the state, as evidenced by the robust and ongoing #WeAreNotThis campaign. Raleigh City Council has called for the bill’s repeal, hundreds of businesses – including Starwood, the parent company of the Sheraton hotels – have spoken against the bill (click here for a recent update on where different businesses stand on the bill), and the Elon University president, faculty, and students all have spoken against the bill.*
Although some organizations have pulled events from the state, we recognize that for the WPA community in North Carolina, boycotting the state isn’t an option. Their (/our) lives and careers are in North Carolina, and many are members of the amazing LGBTQIA community who calls North Carolina home.
Therefore, we encourage WPAs from around the country to come to North Carolina for this summer’s conference and to help us engage in civic action. Let the local hosts introduce you to the beauty of our state.
- Offering local LGBTQIA groups shared use of an exhibit table so that participants can learn more about the groups and the NC LGBTQIA community;
- Listing gender pronouns on name badges;
- Hosting the workshop dinner at a restaurant that’s on the Safe Bathrooms list; and
- Facilitating a civic action option for conference participants who want to engage in active support of our LGBTQIA community.
We hope you will come to North Carolina to join us in this work.
Support LGBTQIA Advocacy in North Carolina
Donations will be forwarded to the local/state organizations (e.g., LGBT Center of Raleigh, Equality NC) who work with us during the conference.
Safe Bathroom Sites within walking distance of the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel:
Raleigh Convention Center
- 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
- 414 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
ORO Restaurant & Lounge
- 18 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Clyde Cooper’s BBQ
- 327 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
- 505 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC
*Please note: We know that our other local hosts also stand against the bill, but state employees are not allowed to use state resources (e.g., university email accounts, etc.) to campaign for/against issues or candidates. Even at private institutions (like Elon), the campus community had to issue separate statements and resolutions (from the president, as a local community member; from the faculty; from the students) rather than issue a university statement in order to retain non-profit status.