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GMHC Statement on North Carolina's Decision to Sue the Federal Government

5.8.2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
May 9, 2016
Contact: Anthony Hayes |917-601-0410| anthonyH@gmhc.org
 

STATEMENT


New York, New York
- GMHC released the following statement in response to North Carolina's decision to sue the federal government over the Justice Department's demand that the state stop implementing a controversial bill blocking LGBT protections.

STATEMENT BY GMHC CEO KELSEY LOUIE:

North Carolina's decision to sue the federal government is further proof of the state's determination to directly infringe upon the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. The United States Justice Department is acting well within its rights to try to prevent this blatant act of discrimination, which will disproportionately impact those at risk for HIV and AIDS.

GMHC is proud to continue our work to create safe spaces for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and urges North Carolina to drop the lawsuit and comply with the wishes of the federal government, and the majority of Americans, by reversing this backwards legislation.

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