- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the reaction to a North Carolina law that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms conforming to the sex on their birth certificates and restricts protections for LGBT people (all times local):

2 p.m.

The head of North Carolina’s flagship public university says a new state law is threatening the flow of private-sector money as donors and businesses are considering whether they want to continue providing funding for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Campus Chancellor Carol Folt made the comment in a letter to students and faculty addressing the university’s compliance with the law, which blocks anti-discrimination rules protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The law also requires transgender people to use public bathrooms conforming with their sex at birth, but doesn’t dictate how that would be enforced.

Folt says current and prospective donors are signaling they may reconsider their gifts since the law was adopted into law two weeks ago. Folt says the law also is jeopardizing grants and relationships with businesses.



1:30 p.m.

Democrats in North Carolina’s third-largest county are sending a gay-rights advocate to the state Legislature for its annual session beginning later this month.

Members of the Guilford County Democratic Party executive committee on Saturday selected Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro (skro) to fill an unexpired term. He says his top priority will be repealing a new state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

Sgro will complete the term ending this year of Rep. Ralph Johnson, who died last month. Guilford County Democratic Chairwoman Myra Slone says Sgro was elected by about 40 Democratic activists who live in the 58th District of the state House of Representatives.

Sgro says he was selected because local Democrats wanted a voice in the Legislature for the LGBT community.

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