North Carolina has suffered major fallout over its controversial “bathroom law” that could lead to anti-LGBT discrimination – and Gov. Pat McCrory’s team is trying to avoid questions about it. At a lunch event at the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club in Charlotte last week, McCrory’s staff planted “softball” questions from fake reporters about unrelated topics, according to The Charlotte Observer. The moderator of the event introduced the questions as coming from The Observer, however they had all been written by McCrory’s staff, the Observer found. When an actual Observer reporter attempted to ask a question, McCrory shut it down: “We’ve got three Observer questions answered already. I think you guys dominate the news enough,” he said. The press conference was held the same week the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference announced they were pulling 15 college sports title events from the state because of the law. The law, known as House Bill 2, prevents local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances for LGBT people, and bars transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Republican-backed legislation into law in March. HB2 has also cost North Carolina the 2017 NBA All-Star Game,… Read full this story
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