HB2 claims one more victim

Unemployed Gov. Pat McCrory

When HB2, North Carolina’s bathroom bill, passed into law in March 2016, PayPal immediately canceled expansion in the state and jobs were lost. Other companies followed and within 12 months, the state lost and estimated three quarters of a billion dollars for the year.

Now one person in particular is having trouble finding work as a result of HB2 — former Gov. Pat McCrory. According to the Charlotte News and Observer, companies are reluctant to hire him because they’re afraid he’s a bigot. Even a local university turned him down for a part-time teaching position, afraid his appearance on campus would incite protests.

So the down-and-out former governor is having to eke out a living sitting on boards and doing some consulting work. He’s even interviewed with the Trump administration, hoping they might have a position for an unqualified former governor who was thrown out of office for attempting to destroy the state’s economy.

But so far, no offers. Sad.

Meanwhile, at his State of the State address on March 13, current North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called for the complete repeal of HB2.

—  David Taffet

1 in 10 Americans are on Unemployment

 1 in 10 Americans are on Unemployment – that is a staggering fact, one that affects our fellow LGBT brothers and sisters at a high rate.  With the push for DADT repeal, I hope you will also take a second to demand that Congress extend Unemployment Benefits to the millions of Americans who are out of work. 

As someone who has been on unemployment before, I can personally vouch that if it were not for the support of the Unemployment I received, I would have likely lost my home and my healthcare coverage.  This can be devastating for our communities; devastating to neighbors who are dependent on medications, friends struggling to keep their homes, or family-members faced with a life threatening illness.

We all know someone who is looking for work right now, the job market is slow and even tougher for a minority. For many of us we want to be working, we want to be contributing our fair share but sometimes we are over-looked for openings because we happen to be trans or openly Gay.  We have a small window to push Congress into action and extend this crucial lifeline to tens or hundreds of thousands of our community members. 

Americans for Democratic Action has launched an aggressive petition to force Congress to act now.  While Congress debates tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, our community members are struggling to find work, are losing their homes and are being forced to choose between crucial medications and going hungry.  

I hope you will take two seconds out of your day to sign this petition and urge your friends to do the same – this maybe a lifeline to one of your friends or even yourself, and it will only be extended in the lame duck session if we act together. 

Sign the petition right now  at – http://bit.ly/ib93ap 

 

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Demand Congress help the 1 in 10 Americans on unemployment NOW – http://bit.ly/ib93ap  – #p2 #lgbt

 

– Andy Szekeres

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Jeff Slater Now Collecting Unemployment

In what could be America's longest public firing, JetBlue has released slide expert Steven Slater from his corporate blues. Slater's camp insists he wasn't fired, but resigned. Wait, so he can't collect unemployment, can he? Somebody call Howard Bragman and find out; he doesn't take our calls.

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