WINSTON-SALEM -- Many gathered in downtown Winston-Salem Friday to protest House Bill 2.      

The legislation stops local governments from passing ordinances like in Charlotte that expanded protections for the LGBTQ community which included allowing transgender individuals to use the public restroom of their choice.

Some in the Triad said they disagree with lawmakers on this controversial decision and are sounding off.

"We have to stand up for our rights,” said Claire Hayes who identifies as transgender. “We just can't sit on the couch and let them do this.”

Protesters in the Twin City also want to get the attention of Winston-Salem City Council to speak up with them.

"I would like them to introduce a resolution, specifically, plainly, clearly stating that we don't have confidence in McCrory's leadership and the NCGA as it's currently operating," rally organizer, Wooten Gough said.

Some at the rally plan to attend the Winston-Salem City Council meeting Monday at 7 p.m. to ask members to pass a resolution of "no confidence" in Gov. McCrory.