By Shelly Keller
Christian Action League
December 27, 2019
The two candidacies arise a little more than two years after the demise of HB 2, commonly known as “the bathroom bill.” Even though HB 2 was a common-sense law requiring people to use the restroom, shower, or locker room of their biological sex, LGBTQ activists, Leftist politicians from inside and outside of the state, celebrities, a biased media, and powerful corporate entities wrongfully smeared the legislation.
HB 2 was partially repealed in a compromise struck between a Republican majority in the NCGA and Governor Roy Cooper in March of 2015.
Both trans candidates are Democrats.
Attorney Gray Ellis of Durham, a transgender man, is running in District 20, which is being vacated by Sen. Floyd McKissick, Jr.
McKissick was recently appointed to the state’s Utilities Commission.
Angela Bridgman of Wendell, a transgender female, is running in District 18, where Sen. John Alexander has decided not to run for re-election.
Bridgeman is a former Wake County Democratic Party precinct chair.
Ellis told the Raleigh N&O, “I think its right and its time for [transgender people] to have a seat at the table. We’re completely unrepresented.”
Ellis told the N&O he thought HB 2 was “horrifying.” Bridgman reportedly told the N&O that HB 2 was a factor in her wanting to run for office.
Ellis and Bridgman face Democratic primary challengers.
The Hill noted: “Their candidacies come during a consequential election for the state [North Carolina], which recently approved a redistricting plan after its Supreme Court found political gerrymandering violated the state constitution. While the state senate districts were not affected, the redistricting is expected to give the Democratic Party momentum in the election.”
According to the N&O, Bridgman said, “We’ve arrived as transgender people when someone like Gray or myself can be elected, and it’s no big deal.”
“But it is a big deal and should be a big deal to anyone who has a love for the truth,” said Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.
“I am both saddened and frightened at the possibility of reaching a point in our society where something as serious as a gender disorder is considered normal. It’s not!” said Creech. “Transgender persons, no matter how appealing, no matter how seemingly smart and capable, no matter how great others may honor them, are emotionally confused and experiencing conflict in their own view of themselves. They feel so uncomfortable with their maleness or femaleness they deny the truth of who they are and embrace a lie about who they would rather be. To be a qualified leader, one needs to have a strong aptitude for judging truth. It’s clear to me the transgender person has a fundamental problem with their ability to do this – to discern the truth.”
Creech also said that if Ellis, Bridgman, or both were elected, as a lobbyist for the Christian Action League, he would treat them with reasonable respect and try to work with them wherever they might find common ground. But he added that he doesn’t think they should be elected.
Creech continued: “I know that I’ll be excoriated as a bigot, even called unchristian for having said it, but if I perish, I perish. The public should not consent to the normalization of transgenderism. It is confusion, perversion, and sin. It is a sexual disorder, an emotional and behavioral maladjustment which also results in sexual activity that is unhealthy and abnormal. It’s something based on psychological and spiritual factors rather than medical or biological ones. Such people are unprepared to run their own lives, much less the state. It’s not bigotry or hate which prompts these words; it’s a love of the truth. The Bible says, “Love rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth” (I Corinthians 13:6). So I hope the candidacies of these two transgender persons in Districts 18 and 20 motivate citizen Christians to get registered now and turn out to vote in favor of more favorable candidates.”
In a post titled, The Fight Continues for Equality North Carolina, Equality North Carolina, the premier LGBTQ advocacy organization in the state, says they are gearing up for a “slate of races across the state.” They say, “The sheer volume of open seats provides us with an incredible opportunity to transform the political landscape of not only North Carolina, but the South as a whole.”