The officers and Board of SASA, the Southern regional chapter of the American Studies Association, join our colleagues, friends, and fellow activists in condemning the pernicious legislation recently enacted in North Carolina that unjustly denies members of the LGBTQ community access to the basic rights that many Americans enjoy.
North Carolina’s House Bill 2, “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act,” openly sanctions discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation by the state. Unfortunately, this law is not atypical. Despite several landmarks actions on the federal level in recent years, there is a long history of discrimination against the LGBTQ community that persists today.
We support the promotion and extension of equal rights and urge members to actively protest such discriminatory laws. SASA hopes to use our expertise and resources to create venues for constructive conversation and engagement and to collaborate with other individuals and organizations with similar goals. We also hope that such actions will lead to the end of hate-motivated violence and other forms of discrimination that negatively impacts the LGBTQ community.
Finally, we commend all individuals who have already taken a stand against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. We call on our fellow American Studies colleagues to engage in public discussions as we grapple with discrimination in all forms. North Carolina’s LGBTQ communities and their supporters need to be assured that they are not alone.