House Bill Two protest

“Hey hey, ho ho, HB2 has got to go.”


Protestors chanted in front of the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville on Saturday morning, April 2. The rally was in opposition to House Bill Two, which was enacted on March 23.


House Bill Two, or the “bathroom bill,” repeals any local ordinances protecting members of the LGBT community from discrimination in the workplace or public restrooms, according to the General Assembly website.


“I think it’s horrible,” said protestor Kelley Johnson, “not only is it horrible to our LGBT friends but its horrible to business and it takes away the rights of municipalities to make their own non-discriminatory policy.”


In addition to the social backlash, the state is also facing financial trouble with business leaving the state in protest of the bill. Protestors agree that rallying and gaining support will overturn this bill and help stabilize the state.


“The more we’re out talking the more people are knowing about it,” said protestor Danny LaPlante. “States now are restricting access or travel to the state, companies are pulling all their investments out of the state, were actually losing money by the day because of this bill.”


The protest remained civil, for the most part, with the exception of one protestor advocating for the bill. After a ruckus, the man was asked to leave by protestors. The rally was revitalized by a “peaceful” chant and the honking of car horns in support.


Protestor Alexandra Helms said the bill defies a conservative anti-government agenda and is against basic rights.


“I think it’s a violation of human rights,” said Helms, “it’s a violation of constitutional rights and it was very poorly done.”