Politics & Government

Observer to host forum on ‘The Truth about HB2’ Nov. 2

Molly Grantham, WBTV anchor
Molly Grantham, WBTV anchor

House Bill 2 has become so politically divisive, it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s false anymore. In this forum presented by The Charlotte Observer and sponsored by Red Ventures, a panel of experts will lay out the facts. We’ll break down how the law came into being; what the law actually calls for; the political, social and economic fallout; what solutions are surfacing and how the election could affect the bill’s future.

Our panel will include: Richard Vinroot, a former Charlotte mayor; Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC and a state legislator; Mitch Kokai, senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation; Fletcher Page, a 24-year-old transgender man from Piedmont, S.C.; David Chadwick, senior pastor at Forest Hill Church and Jim Morrill, political reporter for the Charlotte Observer. WBTV’s Molly Grantham will moderate and Charlotte School of Law professor Scott Sigman will be on hand to answer legal questions.

Woven throughout the evening will be the results of a statewide Observer poll gauging where the public stands on HB2. The Observer will stream the event live on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thecharlotteobserver.

WHEN: Nov. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Reception follows.

WHERE: McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte.

COST: Free.

PARKING: Available in Seventh Street Station. Enter on Sixth or Seventh streets, between N. College and N. Brevard streets. ($5).

REGISTER: HB2forum.com

QUESTIONS: Contact the Observer Events Director, Jen Rothacker, jrothacker@charlotteobserver.com or 704-358-5081.

Jen Rothacker