Opponents call it “the Bathroom Bill.” In a special session last week, the North Carolina state legislature passed HB2, officially called the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the law that night. The new law denies transgender people use of the bathroom, changing room or locker room that matches their gender identity. Resistance to the bill is fierce, and growing daily.
HB2 was rushed into law in response to the expansion of the anti-discrimination ordinance in Charlotte, North Carolina, passed just over a month ago. The city law added protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. The state law bans local governments from making any such accommodation, rendering Charlotte’s inclusive ordinance illegal. Similar bills have been put forth in states “from Washington state to Virginia (and everywhere in-between),” writes Chase Strangio, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union.
“The larger context in which these laws are playing out is deeply disturbing,” Strangio told us on the “Democracy Now!” news hour. “The North Carolina law is almost a greatest hits of all of the terrible things we’ve seen in the almost 200 bills that have been introduced targeting LGBT people this year.”