Federal Court to Hear Arguments on Anti-Transgender Provisions of North Carolina’s HB2By Adam Polaski • July 29, 2016 • 11:25 pm
On Monday, August 1 at 10:00am in Winston-Salem, NC, a federal judge will hold a hearing for arguments against House Bill 2, North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law that has been in effect since the end of March, when it was introduced, passed out of two chambers and two committees, and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory in less than twelve hours. The law strips away local LGBT non-discrimination ordinances, like one passed in Charlotte this year, and prohibits transgender North Carolinians from using restrooms consistent with their gender identity.
The hearing on Monday in the case, Carcaño v. McCrory solely focuses on the provision of HB2 that effectively forbids transgender people from using the restroom by ignoring North Carolinians’ gender identity and targeting transgender people for exclusion from public places and facilities. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder will hear the motion for preliminary injunction. Later this fall, beginning November 14, a full trial will kick off, during which time the court will additionally consider challenges to the sections of HB2 that knocked down and prohibited local non-discrimination protections for LGBT people.
The case was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and the legal team from Jenner & Block. It involves six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina as plaintiffs.
Freedom for All Americans applauds our friends at the ACLU, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU of North Carolina for their strong work to protect LGBT North Carolinians. Ultimately, transgender equality is about human dignity and respect for all people – and no one should be banned from something as basic as using the restroom. That’s what the legal case is all about.
Learn more about the fight for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections in North Carolina here.