In North Carolina, LGBTQ people are vulnerable to discrimination in core areas of life, including employment, housing, healthcare settings, and public spaces like restaurants and stores. That’s because of a lack of comprehensive nondiscrimination protections at the state and federal level – and because of HB142, a law which for years prohibited cities and towns from passing their own LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances.
Parts of that law expired at the end of 2020, municipalities in North Carolina have regained the ability to enact nondiscrimination ordinances and cities across the state are doing just that. News team correspondent, KP Whaley wanted to learn if Asheville City council was considering passing such an ordinance and spoke this week with newly elected council woman, Kim Roney about the issue.
Listen to the full interview here: