The Fight Against North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law Heads to Court


Apparently the most urgent need in the state of North Carolina involves stopping transgender people from using bathrooms.

For North Carolina lawmakers, the urgency was so great that they felt compelled to call a special legislative session — costing taxpayers’ $42,000 a day — to pass the most sweeping piece of anti-LGBT legislation in history, which Gov. Pat McCrory signed the same day.

The reason for this extreme and unusual action by state lawmakers: The city of Charlotte dared to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance that extended legal protections to LGBT people. Though the ordinance did many things, it was dubbed the “bathroom ordinance” by opponents who falsely claimed that protecting transgender people from discrimination would somehow threaten the privacy and safety of others. But in actuality, it’s a myth that has instead served to justify and perpetuate violence against the transgender community for years. 

Animated by this distorted rhetoric about privacy and safety, state lawmakers moved HB2 through the state legislature swiftly. After he signed the legislation, Gov. McCrory disingenuously proclaimed it necessary to prevent “men from using women’s bathrooms.”

In addition to repealing the Charlotte ordinance, North Carolina’s new, hateful measure also:

  • Forces transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that accord with the gender listed on their birth certificate, whether or not that matches how they identify
  • Forces transgender individuals to use bathrooms and locker rooms in any government building, including public universities and colleges, that accord with the gender listed on their birth certificate, whether or not that matches how they identify
  • Prohibits local governments from passing LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections

It is a dangerous law and a disgrace. It is also unconstitutional. And today, we are suing to strike it down.

Nothing about Charlotte’s nondiscrimination law or any other law or policy in North Carolina would have allowed men into women’s restrooms. As The New York Times explained on Friday: “That threat exists only in the imagination of bigots.”

This imagined threat, however, is what prompted Gov. McCrory to become, as the Charlotte Observer wrote, “a 21st century governor who joined a short, tragic list of 20th century governors. You know at least some of these names, probably: Wallace, Faubus, Barnett.”

The law is intolerable and puts the most vulnerable among us at risk of discrimination, harassment, and violence. But as I wrote to lawmakers last week when this law passed:

“Whether through our families by blood or by choice, [trans people] have community. We will not be forgotten and the reverberations of your actions, lawmakers, will be felt and responded to with vigorous reminders that you are on the wrong side of history. And perhaps someday you will realize that someone you love was harmed by your ignorance and your inability to see our beautiful and common humanity and maybe then you will regret your vote.

Until then, I care less about you, hateful lawmaker, and more about my beautiful community. You are all loved and I will never stop fighting for you.”

Today, the ACLU, Lambda Legal, and Equality North Carolina are fighting in court for the trans folks who have been targeted relentlessly in North Carolina and for the entire LGBT community who is harmed by this regressive and discriminatory law.

This is just one tool among many to counter the horrible rhetoric that has led to the passage of this law and the introduction of many others in state legislatures across the country. Unless and until we embrace the humanity of our trans community members, we will continue to see this hateful rhetoric and legislation.

In court, on the streets, in schools, and across the country, we will be saying, “Enough is enough.”


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North Carolina should be required to change the name of the state to North Mississippi.


Why should God bless these people Diana? The are going against God to be gay and what ever else they do. I believe they should be put to death. And transgender people should be kicked out of the U.S. Bc they serve no purpose being here


What a bunch of sick people. Really you are ok with kids using restroom with opposite sex. This is a ploy for who ever is running this program to make money. I hope that no one who care about never gets harmed mentally or physically due to this asinine so called law. Greed will send you straight to what you deserve.


And this is exactly the point that should be made. If you have that law, the only way to not make it completely unfair is to separate mothers from their sons and single dads from their daughters. This would go down like I think it would, the law would get voted down.


I've been trans my whole life. If it had been an option, I would have transitioned as a kid. So I believe we are thinking of the children when going against this ridiculous bill.

Lee Anne

There are 6000,000 active and retired members of the clergy in the US. The transgender population is estimated to be 750,000. How often have you heard about a clergy person sexually abusing someone? How often have you heard of a trans person doing the same? I know which group needs to be kept out of public restrooms and it is not the ones who are of no threat.

Scared trans

Honey this is a birth defect, not some creepy odd life choice. I swear it almost killed me and 40% of us end our own lives out of fear of what people will do to us.

My body was right. My brain was right. As intended by God. Male body and female brain.

This pain can only be fixed one way, and this is how they fix us.


As for the money comment...the statement about God wasn't on the money until the McCarthy era timeframe due to fear of communism. Has nothing to do with the discussion but does illustrate unrational fears.


What about my rights???

Scared Trans

It is the role of a just government to protect the rights of minorities against majorities.

We are an oppressed, literally dying, misunderstood minority of valid and terrorified human beings.


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