National report highlights the cruelty of Treasurer Dale Folwell and the state health plan
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Weekend reads: A week of veto overrides, sweeping election changes, and a scolding opinion
NC Republicans override vetoes of K-12 education bills By Greg Childress The Republican-led General Assembly on Wednesday overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 49, which has sparked controversy because it requires educators to alert parents if their child changes their name or uses a different pronoun at school. SB 49 also restricts instruction […]
NC mother: My child is in danger of losing their happiness because of legislative bullying
Nicia Carla has only had one wish for her children — that they grow up to be happy, healthy, and kind. On Monday, the Charlotte mother and public high school teacher came to Raleigh to tell the legislature not to strip away her child’s happiness with House Bill 808. The legislation bans gender-affirming care for […]
Weekend reads: Republicans pass new abortion hurdles, massive school voucher expansion, and one NC town’s struggle to reinvent itself
1. Republican bill banning most abortions in NC after 12 weeks heads to Gov. Roy Cooper The state House passed the bill late Wednesday night, so it will soon land on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. Cooper, a Democrat, has said he will veto the measure. The bill will likely become law anyway. Republicans have veto-proof […]
NC fast tracks legislation to ban gender-affirming surgery for minors
Without questions or debate, members of the House Committee on Health advanced legislation Tuesday that would block gender-affirming surgical care for minors in North Carolina. “If you are under the age of 18 in North Carolina, you cannot get a tattoo at all, even with your parents consent. You can’t get a body piercing other […]
Rep. John Autry discusses the attacks on transgender students and the promise of psychedelics
It’s a hard truth of American politics that many state and federal lawmakers base their decisions and votes almost exclusively on how it will impact their own political futures. Often, even hugely momentous, life and death votes are cast with an eye to the polls and the views of TV talking heads, rather than the […]
Moore County school board targets transgender kids in approving a local parents’ rights bill
“Sam” (not their real name) lives in a house divided. The Pinecrest High School student who is transgender and uses “they/them” pronouns has a mother who is “aware and supportive” and a father who is also “aware” but offers no emotional support. “It’s strained in my household because of the divided opinions on my identity,” […]
Monday numbers: After the Club Q mass shooting, a look at violence faced by the transgender community
As the LGBTQ community observed Transgender Day of Remembrance last week, it woke to further losses. After a mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs just before midnight on Nov. 19, police said a man armed with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle and a handgun killed five people and injured at least 19.