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1. Community gathered outside CMS to protest planned transgender policies. 


2. Religious group keeping annual conference in Charlotte despite HB2

"While HB2 has many saying no to North Carolina, one religious group is saying yes. 

'In spite of the negative attention north Carolina has received surrounding HB2, the leaders stood in solidarity as we spoke of the spiritual and the economic impact of aim conference in our city,' Bishop-Designate Dr. Michael Anthony Stevens said."

"'We will not compromise our values nor will we be bullied into a position that we do not agree with to allow men to have access to our women's bathrooms,' Auxiliary Bishop for North Carolina Patrick Lane Wooden Sr." (Read more)

3. N.C. company critiqued for public stance against House Bill 2

"Shareholders of Raleigh-based Red Hat faced criticism Thursday in connection with the software company’s public stance against North Carolina’s House Bill 2.

Justin Danhof, general counsel of the National Center for Public Policy Research, attended Red Hat’s annual shareholders meeting to question the company about its endorsement of the U.S. Justice Department’s legal action challenging H.B. 2, the so-called “bathroom law.” (Read More)

4. CMS teacher training video recommends teachers no longer call students "boys" or "girls," and instead let students choose their own pronouns.


5. Major victory for religious education in California as state senator drops proposal that angered religious universities

"Faced with intense opposition from religious colleges in California, a state Senator said Wednesday he has decided to amend a bill by dropping a provision that would have allowed gay and transgender students to more easily sue private universities for discrimination if they are disciplined for violating church teachings." (Read more)