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Anti-HB2 billboard near NC state line tells visitors to ‘set your clock back 100 years’

This billboard appeared in recent days on N.C. 108 in Polk County, near the South Carolina border.
This billboard appeared in recent days on N.C. 108 in Polk County, near the South Carolina border.

Opponents of House Bill 2 have put up a jarring billboard near the South Carolina border in Polk County.

“Welcome to North Carolina,” the sign tells travelers, “due to our stance on LGBT rights, please set your clocks back 100 years.”

A small local paper, the Tryon Daily Bulletin, posted a photo of the billboard on Facebook that’s been shared more than 4,300 times.

While the billboard design mimics the typical “welcome” signs most states post at their borders, the location described by the Bulletin isn’t likely to be seen by many long-distance travelers.

The sign isn’t on a major highway. Instead, it’s several miles north of the South Carolina line on a two-lane road connecting the small towns of Tryon and Columbus.

A group called Planting Peace sponsored the billboard. “Our billboard is a reminder that laws such as HB2 move us backwards in the movement for equality and fundamental human rights for all,” the group said on its website. “It is also meant to show the LGBT community and North Carolina that advocacy groups such as Planting Peace and others are willing to fight.”

 
Transgender residents of the Triangle area of NC talk about their experiences and the impact of HB2 on their lives. Elena Boffetta - eboffetta@newsobserver.com
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