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posted Friday, April 29, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 18
Even zombies boycott North Carolina
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Even zombies boycott North Carolina

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The walking dead will join the boycott of North Carolina, they said in a statement released on April 25.

The Walker Stalker Convention, a three-day festival for zombies and zombie enthusiasts, was scheduled to take place in July at the Charlotte, N.C., Convention Center.

However, convention organizers said they would join the nationwide boycott of North Carolina following passage of a sweeping anti-LGBT law.

'The Walker Stalker Convention has always been a place for ALL fans, regardless of who they are, or who they love,' the zombies said. 'As such, we must add our voice to those opposing the injustice of North Carolina House Bill 2 and postpone our June 25-26, 2016, Charlotte event.

'We have faith in the people of North Carolina, and have moved our event to December 17-18, 2016, in the hope that by that time this unfair law will have been repealed.

'We will continue to evaluate the situation in the coming months, but for the moment, if you are able to attend the new date, you do NOT need a new ticket. Simply bring your CURRENT ticket to the event printed or on your phone, and it will be honored. You do NOT need to email us, or make any changes to your account for your ticket to be honored during the December dates.

'If you unable to attend, refunds will be given in the same method in which payment was made.'

The Center for American Progress estimates that North Carolina stands to lose $500 million in corporate investment and tourism and as many as 1,000 high-paying jobs as the boycott campaign targeting the state grows.

The New York Times estimates that North Carolina schools could lose billions of dollars in federal funds because HB 2 is not compliant with Title IX's nondiscrimination provisions.

Meanwhile, TurnOUT! NC, a project of HRC, delivered a petition signed by 100,000 people demanding repeal of the anti-LGBT measure.

'For more than a month, Gov. McCrory, Sen. Berger, and Speaker Moore have sat idly by as HB 2 has cost North Carolina millions, badly damaged their state's reputation, and inflicted irreparable harm on the people they were elected to serve,' HRC President Chad Griffin said.

'The catastrophe these leaders have created and the damage they have caused can only begin to be reversed by repealing HB 2 in its entirety and replacing it with commonsense nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. To do anything less would be to continue their streak of gross negligence. The time for leadership is now.'

The ACLU and Lambda Legal have already filed suit to overturn the new law on behalf of six LGBT plaintiffs.

'It's time the legislature gets to work repairing the damage it has caused with the passage of HB 2,' said Sarah Preston, acting executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina.

'HB 2 was a reckless attempt to malign and marginalize transgender people, and it is bringing immense harm to our state's people, economy, and reputation. The General Assembly must work as expeditiously as possible to repeal this terrible law as it worked to pass it.'

Democratic lawmakers have introduced a repeal measure, but its future is still uncertain.

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