FAKE NEWS: Media Narrative About NC’s Transgender Bathroom Law Debunked Again

(Paul Chesser, Liberty Headlines) The evidence was made clear in May — that the since-repealed House Bill 2 (the “transgender bathroom law”) may have helped boost an increase in tourism to North Carolina, despite fake media reports to the contrary.

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Even more statistics revealed on Monday reinforce that premise. According to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism reached an all-time high in Wake County, which is home to the state Capitol and its second-largest city, as well as Cary, the seventh-largest municipality in the Tar Heel State. The county saw 15.6 million visitors during 2016 — the year in which HB2 was enacted and stood as law for 3/4 of the year — which represented an increase of 3.5 percent over 2015. The growth in popularity of the region (and the state overall) as a tourist destination exploded despite national attacks from media organizations, celebrities, sports figures and corporations, because of the state’s requirement for individuals to use public restrooms according to the gender designated on their birth certificates, rather than their “gender identity.”

“Tourists spend their money in states and cities where they know their families will be safe,” said Tami Fitzgerald, director of the North Carolina Values Coalition. “This report constitutes evidence that North Carolina’s commonsense privacy law—HB2—helped tourism, instead of hurting it.”

The findings reported by GRCVB follow the May announcement from the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce that the amount of visitor spending statewide in 2016 blew out the record that was set in 2015. Tourism-generated dollars for 2016 totaled $22.9 billion, an increase of 4.3 percent over the previous year.

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As for Wake County, even though GRCVB tried to make a giant case over the HB2 controversy last year, saying it would hurt tourism, the organization did not mention the likely beneficial impact of the law in its press release on Monday.

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“These numbers show that despite growing competition in the marketplace, Raleigh and Wake County continue to rise as a destination of choice amongst visitors,” said Denny Edwards, president and CEO of the GRCVB. “Tourism is a growing economic driver in the community and the ‘visitor economy’ as we call it continues to thrive and support more jobs and generate more local tax revenue than ever before. Every sector of the hospitality community from our hotels and restaurants, attractions and retail stores benefit from the influx of outside money being spent in our area by visitors annually.”

GRCVB also reported that travelers to Wake County spent $2.4 billion in 2016, an increase of 4.2 percent over 2015. The area also saw a 4.5 percent year-over-year increase in area hotels’ average daily rate (to $100.85), while lodging tax collections totaled $24.2 million, up 8.4 percent year-over-year, and prepared food and beverage collections rose 6.5 percent in 2016, amounting to $26.9 million.

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While Edwards ignored the potential effects HB2 had on county visitor statistics in GRCVB’s press release on Monday, last year he didn’t waste any time driving the fake “bad for tourism” narrative. Without taking into account or researching any evidence other than a few event cancellations, Edwards told the Charlotte Observer only a month after the law’s passage that six events had been cancelled at a cost of $3.1 million to the Raleigh area.

“We continue to receive concerns from definite and tentative groups regarding HB2,” Edwards told the newspaper in April 2016. “We also have a great deal of concern about those groups that were going to consider Raleigh and North Carolina but have now taken us off of their list of consideration due to the bill.”

The unfounded storyline continued through the end of 2016. By then GRCVB told media that Wake County had lost 24 meetings, conventions and sporting events due to the law, at an estimated impact of $8.5 million to the region. Ominously, one entertainment promoter said many more performing acts would reject North Carolina without anyone ever knowing.

“They’ll just decide to play Virginia or South Carolina and kind of just quietly bypass us,” said Dave Rose, of Deep South Entertainment, to WTVD-TV in Raleigh.

But in the eyes of the major media and promoters of public events and conventions, the “silent” tourist responses to HB2 only mattered if they rejected the state. No one bothered to consider if any vacationers “silently” decided to come to North Carolina because they could trust that public restrooms weren’t legally protecting the presence of the opposite gender.

“Arguments by LGBTQ activists groups saying sexual orientation and gender identity ordinances are good for business have always been a ruse,” said Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. “There are a number of studies that have shown states without these classifications do better economically than states that do. Actually, such classifications are not a determination either of low growth or prosperity, but gay rights organizations want you to believe they are an economic necessity.”

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  • Polly Dreitzler

    I was glad the law was reversed! Within a month of it being enacted in the first place, there were all kinds of reports of men going into ladies rooms with cameras and photographing women going to the bathroom. How are women to be protected in such a case against rapists who pretend to be gay and go into the ladies room and attack a woman when she is at her most vulnerable, that is sitting on the stool with her pants down. The transgender bathroom law was ridiculous in the first place. I don’t mind having a single stool bathroom which can be locked for transgenders but this business of opening up bathrooms, especially in schools, to invite perverts was wrong from the start!!

    • Warren Blum

      Funny how the national OFA controlled media didn’t report that

      • Elizabeth Lewis

        They didn’t report it because it is fake news

    • Jackalyn Morrison

      Agree with you on this one

  • bob breglio

    Let the gender confused go to the bathroom in a one person bathroom. I don’t need a “woman” with stubble ogling little girls. Let them get their kicks on the internet. Gender dysphoria is a mental disorder that we should NOT be encouraging.

    • Jackalyn Morrison

      You are SOOO RIGHT

    • richjack4

      And the mental disorder extends to the child’s parents. And eight-year-old does not know that he needs to change his gender identity. Opportunistic parents who think they can make a quick buck probably get this nonsense. They are the ones with the mental disorders exclamation reference to show “I am Jazz”

      • Flyby

        Allowing your son to wear dresses and makeup when they’re barely potty trained is what sets these kids up for an immoral life.

    • Juanita

      This whole thing is like looking at something through a magnifying glass. It make an object look a lot larger than it is. There are really very few who consider themselves “transgender.” Certainly now enough to warrant imposition on the rest of the population.

    • Matthew Bowman

      I agree 100%. This is why I no longer shop at Target. This is not complicated, if you have an “Anthony Weiner” you go in the men’s room!

      • Flyby

        Or if you squat you go in the other.

    • Flyby

      You couldn’t be more correct. The lgbt group has threatened to “harm” Johns Hopkins University if it doesn’t censor the scientific findings of leading scholars on the origins of homosexuality and transgenderism. In a recent major study titled “sexuality and gender”, researchers from Johns Hopkins found that there is virtually no scientific evidence that people are born gay or transgender. The truth is out of the closet.

  • Brent

    Common sense reigns again. Who knew?

  • Bernie

    I always knew I was a male lesbian!
    I love women!!!!

    • Kmat

      I read a while back “90% of men are lesbians trapped in a male body, the other 10% don’t understand the question”.

      • Bernie

        Good one….!

    • Jackalyn Morrison

      You sound like my husband

    • Jeff

      Bernie, I’ll bet you were hilarious. . . . circa 1940!

      • Bernie

        Class clown.
        Jeff, I’ve got a million of ’em.

  • wuzup40

    That’s because all the perverts now go there to be in the same bathrooms with the young gals and lady’s.

  • RedRiverD

    I say let the LBGT group go back into their perverted closet NEVER to return.
    I am a heterosexual white male and see NO reason what-so-ever to blast that information to the world.
    It is my personal, private preference and no one else’s business.
    And it should also be a personal, private matter for ALL. If you believe otherwise, then KEEP IT TO YOURSELF.
    Personally if you are LBGT I think you have a mental disorder as God created Man and Woman to “be fruitful and multiply”, you can’t do that if you are LBGT now can you?

    • Jackalyn Morrison


    • Elizabeth Lewis

      you also can’t if your barren. God created all people and since it is proven that the brains are different for LBGT then it must have been God’s intention or do you think God made a mistake?

      • crh

        List your source please, I have yet to find the Gay gene.

      • RedRiverD

        NO, God does not make mistakes! But Satan makes people do things to go against God.

        • Elizabeth Lewis

          Satan isn’t real. He is a representation of evil.Man is responsible for his own actions

          • Terry Milligan


    • omikehawk

      Be fruity and diversified! LMFAO

  • Martin

    Texas needs to get this done.

    • Jeff

      So, when Chaz Bono goes to Texas, which bathroom would he use? His birth certificate says F, but his genitalia say M. And if he has to use the bathroom corresponding to his birth certificate and DNA, can he just use the little girls’ room or does he have to wait for Ted Cruz’ daughters to arrive?

      • omikehawk

        He/she/it should hold it until he/she/it can find a bathroom with a ? on the door!

        • Jeff

          I’m sure you’re a regular volunteer on Bathroom Patrol.

          • omikehawk

            You sound like an artiqunie that likes to gargle balls! Which bathroom do you prefer?

          • Jeff

            It’s less about which I prefer than about how excited I can get about which one you prefer. Or really, how excited can I get about keeping a kid from using the bathroom he (or she) prefers. So, if a biologic girl dresses and holds herself out as a boy decides to use the boys’ bathroom and keeps to a stall, who is really being harmed? This is not a hypothetical question. My wife is a teacher and the amount of energy spent on this issue is really unbelievable.

  • CharlyO

    Its a sad state of affairs when some adults don’t know where to take a piss. Its a growing disease with benefits.

    • Jackalyn Morrison

      They need to keep it out of our military

  • joe

    The CDC should investigate this infectious disease caused by the LGBT

  • Estell Newton

    There should be separate bathrooms for males and females. I would refuse to even visit a state where everyone uses the same bathroom unless there is only one stall and a lock on the inside of the door.

  • John Martinez

    When MSM promotes shows like I am faggott my name is JAZZ and I was born in wrong body……then what do u expect…Change your ways and seek salvation…Time is close…Dont be caught with your panties down. Seek forgivness…This is not Hate, this is truth….God did not make a mistake, your brain absorbed a distorted message, you were born male or female, Dont let influences poison your life past this life. The truth is near….

  • 9400budlang8406

    They also might have saved some transgenders from getting clocked by angry husbands.😁

  • 9400budlang8406

    They also might have saved some transgenders from getting clocked by angry husbands.😁

  • 9400budlang8406

    They also might have saved some transgenders from getting clocked by angry husbands.😁

  • 9400budlang8406

    They also might have saved some transgenders from getting clocked by angry husbands.

  • James Ruddy

    It’s only the small minority of weird perverted liberal loudmouths with lots of media access who want men in the women’s restrooms and they have the platform in major media to falsely make it look like everyone wants the LGBTQ folks to set the national agenda for just about any and everything. But the vast majority, the normal people, don’t want anything to do with it.

  • Gregg Parker

    Wow someone figured out men and women in huge numbers prefer to maintain a historic separation when we expose ourselves to do our business in a public restroom. So the 0.0000001% didn’t rule the day this time?? How unusual!

  • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

    The fake news will look to find one city where tourism is down and then report that as the norm. All the news that fits their agenda, even if it’s false.

  • Phoebe Isley

    I am so happy to hear this about NC. Good for you for standing strong on moral standards. I certainly like to visit there when I get the chance. You make WE THE PEOPLE proud and keep going strong. Now if all the other 49 states would jump in and do as NC then we would all be headed in the right direction of morality again.

  • Louie Rey

    This gender “identity” stuff is just insane. It is one of the most glaring examples of political correctness that you’ll ever come across. Transgenders make up .03% of America’s population. Therefore, the geniuses that run (into the ground I might add) this country think that the remaining 99.97% of us should be inconvenienced. Think about that. That makes perfect sense NOT! Thanks to reversing this insanity it seems that North Carolinians have come to their senses. Lets hope that the rest of the country follows suit.

  • steven jacobs

    I guess the majroity of Americans are NOT LGBTQ-YET!

  • Walter Flatt