Franklin Graham’s new bank (BB&T) supports LGBT and gender identity at BB&T Park

2.jpgSeveral weeks ago, Franklin Graham moved over $100 million dollars from Wells Fargo to BB&T because Wells Fargo aired a LGBT commercial of two moms raising a hearing impaired child.  Wells Fargo commercial

Apparently, Graham didn’t stop to investigate the extent to which BB&T supports the LGBT community and specifically the transgender communitySee: Rachel Maddow – Franklin Graham’s anti-gay banking protest backfire. 

Last March, the Charlotte City Council voted down four ordinances that would have protected LGBT nondiscrimination rights – including Ordinance #4: a bathroom policy allowing transgender people the protection of using the bathroom of their expressed gender identity.

Janice Covington Allison, who has fought for the rights of the transgender community since 1968, wasn’t satisfied with that vote.  After she was booted from the women’s restroom back in March during the nondiscrimination debate,  she went about contacting the Charlotte city government and organizations around Charlotte that are supported, at least in part, by public funds in an effort to establish their internal policy and procedure concerning bathroom access for transgenders.

Janice Allison says:

Many transgender people are coming out now – and it’s important that we know which organizations show support for us and which do not.  We’re all sports fans and I like going to ballgames – but my health issues make it so that I have to use the restroom often.

Allison wrote the Charlotte Knights organization asking them if she could use the restroom of her expressed gender identity without [sic] security asking her to leave the facility.  The Charlotte Knights are a minor league baseball club and play at the local BB&T ballpark.

In a written statement to Allison, the Charlotte Knights said the following:

“To answer your question, The Knights do not have a policy concerning restroom access for transgender patrons. Patrons are free to choose restrooms at BB&T ballpark based on their gender identity.”

Allison says she is happy with the Knights statement.

I’m happy that the Knights, along with the City of Charlotte and the Panthers, support gender identity.  They’ve acknowledged and assured me in writing that I, and others, can use the restroom of our expressed gender identity.

The BB&T ballpark isn’t the only organization that supports Allison concerning bathroom issues.  The Bank of America stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers also sent Allison a letter expressing their internal policy and procedure that she and all transgender people can use the restroom of her choice.

Over a month ago, Allison lobbied the City of Charlotte and made headlines when the City  acknowledged to her that their policy has always been to allow people to use restrooms of choice and according to their expressed gender identity.  see Charlotte Observer

Allison goes on to say:

All of these conformation letters I’m getting is just one more step for transgender people not having to live in fear.

To date, no organization that Allison has written has told her she could not use the bathroom of her gender identity, presentation or choice.

Janice Covington Allison goes on to say:

This isn’t an attack on Franklin Graham – I just believe all people should be treated equal.


About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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