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Wells Fargo and ‘Transgender Pride’

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So now we’ve got a transgender flag. Isn’t that freakin’ wonderful?

There’s almost nothing that can be said about this story: Wells Fargo lights up its big office building in Charlotte, NC, in support of “transgender pride,” with the colors of some “transgender flag.”

Human rights activist Scott Bishop was at an International Transgender Day of Visibility rally in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, when he looked up and saw the sky aglow with the colors of the transgender pride flag.

To show support for the state’s LGBT community, Wells Fargo lit their Duke Energy Center in an array of pinks, whites and blues.

“It was cool,” said Bishop who serves on the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign. “Seeing the building lit up I think was a very good sign of support for the transgender community from one of our leading employers here in Charlotte.”

The display from the San Francisco-based company was significant at a time when North Carolina is embroiled in a debate around LGBT rights. On March 23, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2. While the law is being referred to as the “bathroom bill,” and requires transgender people to use bathrooms that align with the gender listed on their birth certificates, HB2 is much more complicated than this. It also places a number of restrictions on what municipalities can do in passing non-discrimination ordinances.

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was one of some 80 business leaders who signed a bill asking McCrory to repeal HB2. CEOs from Apple, Google and Facebook also signed.

A Christian friend of mine advises me to ignore stuff like this. “It’s not the Christian’s job to stop the tidal wave,” he said. “Just tell people there’s a way they can get out of it.”

That may be. But my heart is lacerated with shame for my country, and burdened with a fear of God’s wrath.

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.



 

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