N.C. ‘Bathroom Bill’ lawsuit: WFU LGBTQ expert available

Wake Forest University LGBTQ Center Director Angela Mazaris is available for broadcast, phone and email interviews before 11 a.m. and after 1:30 p.m. today about Gov. McCrory’s lawsuit against the Department of Justice regarding HB2.

As an advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community, Mazaris can talk broadly about the bill’s impact on the people, economy and reputation of North Carolina. As an educator, she can also speak about its effects on students across the state.

“This is not a safety issue, it's a civil rights issue. ” Angela Mazaris, Wake Forest University LGBTQ Center Director

“Governor McCrory is playing political games, and everyday North Carolinians will pay the price, whether that comes in lost private sector revenues, lost public funding, or both,” said Mazaris. “If Governor McCrory is concerned with public safety, he ought to educate himself about the needs and experiences of transgender North Carolinians, whose health and safety is threatened by HB2. The Department of Justice has clearly stated that transgender people have the right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, and our Governor needs to do his job and protect the rights of our state’s most vulnerable citizens.”

Mazaris is the founding director of the LGBTQ Center at Wake Forest University, where she also teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. As LGBTQ Center Director, she provides education, advocacy, and support to the campus community around issues of gender identity and sexual orientation.

She has provided expert commentary for a wide range of national and regional media outlets since HB2 was passed in March, including this op-ed, which ran in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Read more about Wake Forest’s myriad efforts to underscore inclusive values in light of HB2.

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