- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Nearly 270 authors and illustrators of children’s books have signed a letter calling on North Carolina to repeal a new law preventing specific anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people for public accommodations and restroom use.

The letter, which was posted on the School Library Journal website, said the 269 signees are “disappointed and angered by the reprehensible legislation” signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory. They called for repeal of what they called a “hateful piece of legislation.”

“As even the youngest among you recognize, a law that promotes, enables, or encourages discrimination of any kind is wrong,” the letter said.

“Know that in time, and with hard work, hope will triumph over fear. Know that acceptance will prevail over intolerance,” the letter continued. “Know that respect - for all our differences - will always unite us.”

Among the names on the list are Rick Riordan, author of “Percy Jackson;” Jeff Kinney, who wrote “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and Veronica Roth, author of “Divergent.” All three were made into movies.

The group also said it would have to consider participation in conferences and festivals in North Carolina while the law is in effect.

“We cannot and will not support a state government that promotes discrimination,” the letter said.


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