Updated list: Who has spoken for, against NC’s new LGBT law

Since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a controversial new LGBT bill into law March 23, corporations, government officials, universities and prominent newsmakers have come out staunchly against the measure. And a number of groups and individuals, often conservative or religiously affiliated, have come out in favor.

The new law limits legal protections of LGBT individuals by setting a statewide definition of protected classes of citizens. The new law means schools and local governments cannot adopt more inclusive rules. Legislative leaders said they were responding to Charlotte’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender with which they identify.

More than 100 top executives from major companies, including major Charlotte employers like Bank of America, have signed a letter opposing the “anti-LGBT” legislation. The NBA, set to host its All-Star Game in Charlotte next year, has also said it’s against measure. Some states and cities are banning government-funded travel to North Carolina.

KeepNCSafe says over 300 businesses have signed a letter supporting the measure, though it has released publicly the names of only 38. Some business owners declined to give their names because of “vocal threats and bullying from the LGBT community,” the organization said.

The N.C. Sheriffs’ Association announced Friday that it has encouraged the legislature to overturn local ordinances that “allow persons of one gender to use the restroom of the other gender.” Sheriffs had expressed “concerns for public safety,” executive vice president Eddie Caldwell said, but the group hasn’t taken a position on other provisions in the LGBT law.

Below is a working list of those who have spoken against and those in favor of the LGBT measure. Others, including McCrory’s former employer, Duke Energy, and his alma mater, Catawba College, haven’t directly opposed new measure but instead emphasize their own nondiscrimination policies. The (Raleigh) News & Observer contributed.


Against HB2:

Among the companies, groups and individuals that have publicly stated their opposition to the new law:


A+E network






The Dow Chemical Company

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Smiles by Payet Family Dentistry

Northrop Grumman

Barnes and Noble

Sivan Capri Agency

Ralph Lauren

American Apparel




Albemarle Corp.

Choice Hotels International

Pandora Media

EMC Corporation


Bank of America

Wells Fargo

American Airlines

Lowe’s Cos.





Levi Strauss

Encore Music Publishers



Red Hat

Mountain Khakis





Pfizer Inc.







TD Bank











Replacements, Ltd.




Matrix Partners

Cisco Systems

The PNC Financial Services Group

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance


Whole Foods Market

InterContinental Hotels Group

Kimpton Hotels Restaurants



Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

Dr. Bronner’s







Marriott International




Saturday Brand Communications

The Common Market (Charlotte)

Smash Communications

Singley + Mackie

Singley Content Studios

Adam Shankman, director and producer

Rob Reiner, director

Duke University

Wake Forest University

Davidson College

State of New York

State of Vermont

State of Washington

State of Minnesota

State of Connecticut

City of Atlanta

City of San Francisco

City of Boston

City of Seattle

City of West Palm Beach, Fla.

City of Santa Fe, N.M.

American Society of Interior Designers

ACPA-College Student Educators International

NC League of Municipalities

The American Kennel Club

Human Rights Campaign

Equality NC

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

American Society of Association Executives

Computer & Communications Industry Association

Consumer Technology Association

Software & Information Industry Association

Motion Picture Association of America

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Alex Dimitrief, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GE

Ric Elias, CEO of Red Ventures

Casey Wasserman, President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation

Steven R. Boal, CEO, Quotient Technology Inc.

Brandee Barker, Cofounder, The Pramana Collective

Michael Birch, Founder, Blab

Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, co-CEOs, Atlassian

Lorna Borenstein, CEO, Grokker

Vice Forlenza, Chairman, CEO and President, BD

Paul T. Dacier, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, EMC Corporation

Brad Brinegar, Chairman and CEO, McKinney

Lloyd Carney, CEO, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Ron Conway, Founder and Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel

Dean Debnam, Chairman and CEO, Workplace Options

David Ebersman, Cofounder and CEO, Lyra Health

Jared Fliesler, General Partner, Matrix Partners

Jason Goldberg, CEO, Pepo

Mike Gregoire, CEO, CA Technologies

Alan King, President and COO, Workplace Options

Kristen Koh Goldstein, CEO, BackOps

Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chair-man, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Paul Graham, Founder, Y Combinator

David Hassell, CEO, 15Five

Dave Imre, Partner and CEO, IMRE

Dev Ittycheria, President &CEO, MongoDB

Laurene Powell Jobs, President, Emerson Collective

Cecily Joseph, VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Symantec Corporation

Joshua Kushner, Managing Partner, Thrive Capital

Max Levchin, CEO, Affirm

Dion Lim, CEO, NextLesson

Shan-lyn Ma, CEO, Zola

Bill Maris, CEO, Google Ventures

Melody McCloskey, CEO, StyleSeat

Douglas Merrill, CEO, Zestfinance

Dyke Messinger, President and CEO, Power Curbers Inc.

Michael Natenshon, CEO, Marine Layer

Alexi G. Nazem, Cofounder and CEO, Nomad Health

Laurie J. Olson, EVP, Strategy, Portfolio and Commercial Operations, Pfizer Inc.

Evan Reece, CEO, Liftopia

Stan Reiss, General Partner, Matrix Partners

John Replogle, CEO, Seventh Generation

Dan Rosensweig, CEO, Chegg

Kevin P. Ryan, Founder and Chairman, Alleycorp

Bijan Sabet, General Partner, Spark Capital

Julie Samuels, President, Engine

David A. Shaywitz, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, DNAnexus

Behshad Sheldon, President and CEO, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals

Mark Trudeau, President and CEO, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

David Spector, Cofounder, ThirdLove

Bret Taylor, CEO, Quip

Todd Thibodeaux, CEO, CompTIA

David Tisch, Managing Partner, BoxGroup

Kevin A. Trapani, President and CEO, The Redwood Groups

Bob &Harvey Weinstein, Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen, The Weinstein Company


Supporting HB2

Among those who have publicly stated their support of the new law:

Civitas Institute

American Family Association

The Charlotte Christian Chamber

North Carolina Values Coalition

Keep NC Safe Coalition

Archangel Michael Orthodox Christian Bookstore

To Your Health Bakery

Sallie Caldwell, S &S Cleaning Service, LLC

Reese Cao, XG Technologies Inc

Jennifer Champion, Total Life Changes

Sam Cowles, Main Street Investments, LLC

Mark &Lora Godwin, Mark Godwin Family Farms Inc.

David Griffin, Griffin Tile &Marble Inc.

David &Judith Hale, Lighthouse Electric of Charlotte

Dusten Harward, D Harward Marketing

Debra Hasty, Hasty Home Resources

H. Ralph Henderson, Omnichannel Productions

Tim Herlihy, Occupational Health Concepts

Rebekah Hopkins, Beethoven’s Piano Revelers Studio

Jana Huffstetler, Collision Center of Stanley County

Gregory Humphrey, Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning

Cheryl Jones, ICI Lamp Company

Sergey Kholod, Serglandscape Company

Tony Mazzone, Comfort Security

Adam and Michelle Mills, Mills Inc.

Bill Montross, Christian Business Men Connections

Jesse Newton, Green Branch Construction, Inc.

Ronald Obie, WCRG

Justin Reeder, Superior Wash Southeast

David &Jason Benham, Benham Real Estate Group

Lila Sanacore, Prayerful Touch Massage

Doug Schmeuszer, Sunbelt Packaging LLC

Tim Steele, Thermal Services, Inc.

Gretchen, Tate, God’s Glamorous Girls

Lisa Todd, Todd Group

Keith Vance, Vance Resource llc

Maria Vari, Strategic Resource Development

Elizabeth Walker, Oexning Silversmiths, Inc.

Paul, Weaver, AWPC, Inc

Michael Wolff, KC Solutions Group

Charles O’Connor, Advanced Enclosure Consulting

Tracey Sellers, The Balanced Body Center

Richard Gavin, Riverside Millwork

Angela Smith, Lombardo Swimming Pools

Shardae White, Personal Catering llc

Carl Ford, South Rowan Broadcasting Inc.

Alva Yandle, Melatex, Inc

Carl Ford, Ford Broadcasting Inc.

David Snyder, Snyder Packaging, Inc.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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