A 7-year-old boy and his 5-year-old sister have taken a stand on behalf of their transgender friend who is the target of a brand new North Carolina law, considered the nation’s most explicit anti-LGBT bill.
The legislation blocks local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules and requiring transgender students to use bathrooms assigned to their biological sex.
GOP lawmakers held an ’emergency’ legislative session last month to overturn an impending Charlotte ordinance that allowed transgender people to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity. The law prevents all cities and counties from extending protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity at restaurants, hotels and stores.
Janna Harris Cadenas, the mother of the two young protesters, shared the following message explaining her families decision to fight against North Carolina’s blatant discrimination. Cadenas writes on the LGBT Facebook page, Have A Gay Day:
This is my son in the picture. His name is McCartney, he is 7 years old. He asked me to take him to this rally because his best friend is Transgender and for her privacy and age, she was not able to attend. My son is a beautiful, kind and intelligent soul. He was fully aware of why he was there this day and not only did he know what his sign said, he knew which song it references and can tell you every word of that song and just about any other Beatles song you can throw at him for that matter. That’s his dog in the picture behind him. HIS name is Rigby, after the Beatles song. He’s our newest rescue and he was proud to be mistaken for a girl all day while my Daughter Starkey Jude was mistaken for a boy. She didn’t mind either and knew why she was there as well, she’s 5. Guess I got pretty lucky to get the amazing, loving, accepting children I was blessed with. Oh, and they are both vegetarians and go to animal rights protests too. I’m pretty sure I’m winning at Momming these 2 amazing humans. If you doubt that feel free to ask them their opinions, they will definitely tell you.
Bravo Cadenas family!