Chapel Hill police moved in to block traffic Tuesday as the crowd filled the center of town. Wisely, they had been instructed to let the protesters go without hassle or arrest.
With confident defiant chants of “We will Win” our community took the streets shutting down downtown at the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets. Rosemary Street, one block over, quickly became a parking lot.
Chapel Hill’s Town Council joined calls Monday for state lawmakers to repeal the law, and Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen approved a resolution Saturday asking for HB2 to be repealed, local municipalities to seek legal action and businesses and governments to provide gender-neutral restrooms.
One protester said through tears of gratitude that she planned on staying an hour, but remained late arm in arm blocking the intersection until the last moment.
Protestors shut down the intersection of Franklin and Columbia Streets from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The action was organized by LGBT people of color and gave preference to trans people of color affected by House Bill 2.
Shot for The Daily Tar Heel.