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North Carolina's HB2, also known as the bathroom bill, has attracted widespread protests and threats of major business groups to leave the state, sending many high-paying jobs to other states and spreading baseless fear of the LGBTQ community.  

The Executive Committee of the NCSA has prepared the statement listed below in response to HB2. 

On March 23, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor passed House Bill 2 or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB2). HB2 reverses a Charlotte ordinance that had extended rights to people who are gay or transgender.  This new law also nullifies local ordinances designed to protect gay and transgender people from being fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Legislation that engages in overt discrimination against groups of people needs be publically condemned. As such, the Executive Council of the North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA) express disapproval of this legislation.

There are three specific points we make here. One, legislators are acting out of fear and ignorance of the populations represented by the acronym LGBTQ.  Decades of sociological research allows us to understand the processes of emotional distance that stems from “othering” people on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. 

Two, through their actions, the legislators and governor are casting those who self-identify as transgender as not only “deviants,” but lacking knowledge of their own identity.  From the lawmakers’ perspective, the transgender population could suddenly revert to the gender they were ascribed with at birth and pose a risk to others in public facilities.  Again, the empirical evidence indicates that transgender populations virtually NEVER do this.  Also, it is feared that men would pose as women to gain access to women’s restrooms.  Again, this is rare behavior and is unlikely to be deterred by HB2.

Three, the legislator’s passing such a law can only be understood as trying to protect North Carolinians from having to reflect on gender identity outside of the “born binary” world that biology determines sexual and gender identity.  It is virtually “unthinkable” for legislators to contemplate that someone could change in their preferred gender identity and deviate from the implications of a birth certificate classification. 

The mission of NCSA as summarized in our Constitution is as follows: “The objectives of the Association shall be to stimulate and improve research, instruction and discussion, to encourage cooperative relations among persons engaged in the scientific study of society, and to encourage cooperative relations between academic sociology and other agencies with related interests.”   Now is the time for us to point to sociological research, both done here in North Carolina and elsewhere, as a source of information and indeed of enlightenment on how to create environments that calls for inclusive and respectful treatment of ALL people.

The Executive Council of NCSA wish to emphasize that the HB2 legislation in North Carolina does not reflect the beliefs of the sociological community of North Carolina, nor that of those who are informed on the topic.  NC State University's Chancellor,  Randy Woodson released a letter to the public stating that the University has a "deep commitment to welcoming and supporting all people at NC State, regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We strive to ensure that our environment supports and encourages the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions, while also ensuring that all members of our community are treated with dignity and respect."  The North Carolina Sociological Association can stand with Chancellor Woodson to support this position.

The Executive Council of the North Carolina Sociological Association



The contents of the 2016 NCSA meeting are still available.  This information is for the February 2016 meeting and documents the papers given. 
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The information for the 2016 annual meeting in Winston-Salem is also contained in the current Bulletin, the NCSA newsletter.  It can be found on the link below:




Procedures to Join NCSA and to Register for the Annual Meeting in Winston-Salem, to be hosted by Wake Forest University at the Innovation Quarter Located in Downtown Winston-Salem on Friday, February 12, 2016 


    Rather than to continue our old registration and membership application forms, NCSA will now process all applications, registrations and donations electronically by using PayPal software.  You do not have to have a PayPal account to use the forms.  You can pay with a credit card, for example. 

    Please choose from the below pull down menu options to choose from the following NCSA membership and registration fee schedule.  To join the NCSA listserv (to receive the bulletin newsletter and other announcements) please send a request with your name, institution and email address to <davisonb@appstate.edu>. 

    Here are the options you will be able to choose from when you click on the link to register:

  • Student Membership, Annual Meeting and Lunch - $20
  • Student Membership and Annual Meeting (No Lunch) - $10
  • Professional Membership, Annual Meeting and Lunch - $45
  • Professional Membership and Annual Meeting (No Lunch) - $35
  • Professional Membership - $15
  • Student Membership - $5

Click Here to Register or Join NCSA


    Please contribute to the Himes Award, which is  named after our founder, Joe Himes.  This award and stipend goes to students who have contributed papers which advance sociology.  The rules for the papers can be found at http://www.ncsociology.org/new/award2.htm or click here.

    The North Carolina Sociological Association is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service.  Donations (Himes Fund or Other) may be tax deductible.  Check with your tax preparer for details.  PayPal will send you a receipt for tax purposes.

    We have suggested a modest $5 contribution when you attend the annual meeting.

  
    You will then get a "Donate" button on your screen.  Click on the donate button and an enlarged page will appear. 


Please direct any questions to Beth Davison - NCSA treasurer - davisonb@appstate.edu




Other News of Interest to Sociologists

It is commonly thought that more poor people live in cities than in the suburbs, which are said to be relatively rich. By 1999, however, poverty was about equally balanced between the city and the suburbs. Since then the trend has continued and there are now more poor in the suburbs than in the cities of the United States. By 2010 the gap is even wider.
 
  • The link to the full report by the Brookings researchers can be found at: http://www.npr.org/documents/2006/dec/suburban_poverty.pdf link

Suburbanization is sometimes accused to forcing people into isolation and loneliness.  But using national data, Economist Jan Brueckner has found the opposite. 

  • The link to the Brueckner video is: http://www.uci.edu/experts/video_news.php?src=brueckner&format=mov&res=highlink 


The January 12, 2015 issue of The New Yorker has an interesting article on Howie--"Only my mother ever called me Howard"--Becker. Now 86, he is living in Paris. The article gives an interesting interpretation of his importance to American sociology since become famous for the book The Outsiders. He reminds us that on a stage, everyone is there for a reason. You can probably read this article by signing up for a free trial.




Our video on Max Weber is once again available, thanks to Seth Allen who uploaded it for us.


 

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The North Carolina Sociological Association is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service.  Donations (Himes Fund or Other) may be tax deductible.  Check with your tax preparer for details.

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