North Carolina Passes Shameful Anti-LGBT Bill, One of the Most Extreme in the NationBy Adam Polaski • March 23, 2016 • 6:46 pm
During a legislative session that has seen the introduction of more than 150+ bills designed to codify discrimination against LGBT Americans in dozens of states, lawmakers today in the North Carolina General Assembly passed one of the worst, most extreme of those bills. The General Assembly approved HB2, which now heads to the desk of Governor Pat McCrory. The bill runs rampant over local ordinances and targets transgender North Carolinians for particular harm. The legislature convened a special session at the cost of $42,000 a day to taxpayers to repeal a recently passed Charlotte ordinance that extended some nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people – but ended up passing a bill with far broader consequences.
Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe criticized the outrageous legislation today. He said:
“Governor McCrory must veto this dangerous bill that severely damages North Carolina’s reputation and exposes its quarter-million LGBT residents to discrimination. Lawmakers are gambling with $4.5 billion in federal funding as well as their state’s brand as a welcoming place to do business. This bill represents an ugly attack on the dignity and humanity of LGBT people, and we will make sure the governor quickly understands the economic ramifications this would have on his state.
“It’s despicable that some lawmakers are talking about transgender Americans in such demeaning terms. Our elected officials, at all levels of government, should set an example that every single person deserves dignity, respect and fairness. We saw the exact opposite of that in Raleigh today, and unfortunately transgender people are the ones who will bear the brunt of this dishonest and irresponsible rhetoric.”
The bill now before Governor McCrory has two egregious components: the first is a ‘Gender Inspection’ clause, which bars transgender people in North Carolina from using the bathroom in public schools and government buildings that matches the gender they live as every day. Instead, transgender residents and visitors are required to use the bathroom that matches the sex on their birth certificate. This conflicts with Title IX of the Education Act of 1972, and could cost North Carolina at least $4.5 billion in federal funds.
The second component of the bill voids Charlotte’s recent LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance, and seeks to prevent other local municipalities from passing similar measures. It explicitly prohibits municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to classes beyond those currently covered under state law. LGBT North Carolinians enjoy zero nondiscrimination protections under current state law.
Advocates, businesses, and faith leaders from across North Carolina spoke out today, urging action from lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory. Here’s a round-up of some of the moving statements.
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Community Organizations & Leaders
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