NC governor: More dialogue needed on transgender issues

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"In that vein, the best way I know how to make a difference is what I have strived to do my whole life and that is show up for my family, friends and fans in the LGBT community", she said.

"That's government overreach. It's not government business to tell the private sector what their bathroom, locker room or shower practices should be", McCrory said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Again pointing to the example of Houston - even though defeat of the ordinance there made no requirements transgender people be barred from public restrooms, McCrory maintained discussion should be "more dialogue and not threats". North Carolina's measure is among several advanced across the country that opponents say is discriminatory toward gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Following North Carolina's lead, another southern state, Mississippi, has moved to allow officials and businesses to deny services to gay people or refuse to employ them if they say that doing so would violate their religion.

Gov. Pat McCrory will be on NBC's Meet the Press for an exclusive interview Sunday morning with host Chuck Todd.

The law was a response to Charlotte passing an ordinance allowing transgender people use public bathrooms of the gender they identify with. When asked if he had any regrets about signing HB2 into law in March, especially over potentially losing the state revenue, McCrory said that he "will always call out government overreach". North Carolina has felt the backlash for HB2: Paypal announced it was pulling plans for an expansion, costing hundreds of jobs in Charlotte; Deutsche Bank froze 250 new jobs in Cary; the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau released a study showing Wake County could lose $24 million due to the law; and rock star Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert slated for Greensboro. "I don't know of any business in North Carolina ... that is doing this", he said. "I walked into a buffet restaurant, African American buffet restaurant, and the people just welcomed me with open arms and said, 'Thanks for protecting us.' I got back in my vehicle, and I got a call from someone in corporate America going, 'Man, you've got to change this".

The executive director of Equality NC said Sunday that McCrory acknowledged signing a bad bill. Me and my team at the True Colors Fund have been closely monitoring the situation in North Carolina and support the efforts of the Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina, and others to repeal HB2 in the upcoming legislative session.

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