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

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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.”

Onward.

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Anonymous

I have thought about this & don't think any1 can rebut conclusion that childhood sex abuse victims of gay/lesbian pedophiles have more risk of turning out gay/lesbian by copying the conduct they learned because think you know that conduct incl. sexual conduct can be learned. Think you know it is possible for people who are victims of same sex molestation (such as victims of gay pedophile priests) to copy this sexual conduct and do gay conduct in adulthood incl. turn out to be gay pedophiles.

Think posters who call me ignorant, idiot know that sex abuse esp. repeated childhood sex abuse raises risk of a kid turning out gay/lesbian by copying conduct they learned from being ruined by gay and lesbian pedophiles, but they can't rebut other than get offended. You can call me ignorant,idiot, etc., but there's nothing any1 can say to change my mind on this. People who deny truth between sex abuse and later homosexuality/lesbianism are dishonest.

Psychologists can be dishonest & deny what they know is true as we see with psychologists dishonesty on childhood sex abuse & homosexuality. If a child is repeatedly sexually abused, then it's more likely he will do gay activity in adulthood vs. if he wasn't. Since homosexuals and lesbians (transexuals) often suffered childhood sex abuse, no surprise that homosexuals and lesbians think childhood sexual abuse is OK when homosexual activities.

Never have I heard straights blame childhood sex abuse for reasons a man has sex with a woman and fathers children with her. Yet sometimes have heard gays and lesbians say childhood sex abuse is reason they do same sex behaviors. Sex abuse in youth can cause people to behave in ways. It not controversial to talk of nightmares, suicides, bed wetting often a result of sex abuse in youth. Yet when 1 talks gay/lesbian behaviors in adulthood because they learned this sexual behavior by being repeatedly molested, then gays with politically safe psychologists complain. The politically correct psychologists who deny this know possible for a boy to turn out gay as a result of childhood sex abuse, yet deny what they know is true. Of course, not all who are sexually abused in youth become gay in adulthood-but the risk is higher. Anybody who denies the link is dishonest, delusional or both.

A kid can become a mugger by living in high crime neighborhood, seeing muggings in childhood and learning this conduct. Yes, there are muggers who were not raised in high crime neighborhoods but still became muggers, but that does not rule out other causes. Many emphysema victims did not smoke and were not exposed to 2nd hand smoke and got emphysema due to bad genes but it would be dishonest to deny truth that if a person smokes, he or she is more likely to get emphysema.

Anonymous

It’s no surprise that most journalists will give news which agrees with NLGJA & it’s news (as we see how most media is apologist for William Bruce Jenner) which omits facts which offend gays.

William Bruce Jenner could be called a homosexual lesbian (as all transexuals are homosexuals/lesbian) & William Bruce Jenner (Bruce Jenner) is a man & hormones + surgical maiming is not going to change his sex. Megyn M. Kelly & Meredith Vieira are full of shit for thinking that it’s ‘courageous’ to be mutilated & my guess is that both Megyn M. Kelly & Meredith Vieira want to fart & shit in the same toilet with William Bruce Jenner & compare their farts & turds to William Bruce Jenner’s (Bruce Jenner’s). All the women who are apologists for William Bruce Jenner all eat Wheaties and the women want to compare their turds to W. Bruce Jenner’s turds after they’ve eaten Wheaties. Perhaps want to take a dump in the same toilet with Bruce Jenner (William Bruce Jenner) in the women’s bathroom and compare turds to his. Let’s hope that William Bruce Jenner dies before he gets surgically mutilated. Transexuals molest children as those who think they’re fake opposite sex members see nothing wrong with child molestation.

Most media is either pro-gay & lesbian & or they will write the news to favor homosexuals & transexuals (as most media has done with William Bruce Jenner) because if a reporter writes somethings which offends gay groups, then gay groups complain to a media’s advertisers & if media loses advertisers, then it is bad business. Homosexual groups have targeted Mission America’s Linda P. Harvey such as trying to censor her book ‘Maybe he is not gay’ (homosexuals have even threatened Linda P. Harvey with violence) because Mission America’s Linda P. Harvey is right about the dangers of homosexuality & Mission America’s Linda P. Harvey is right that they must abolish sex change mutilations. Homosexual groups target any journalist who gives views which offend them & they target Mission America radio hostess Linda P. Harvey because Mrs. Linda P. Harvey tells truth which offends gays.

Homosexual groups targetted gay journalists Stephen Jimenez for his Book of Matt which offended homosexual groups & have been trying to keep Stephen Jimenez’s Book of Matt from being sold. Honest discussion is discussing & rebutting-not censoring because 1 finds something offensive.

When I read a gay (transexuals are mutilated gays/lesbians and they must abolish sex changes) bashing case in the news, I wonder what the view is of the journalist reporting this on homosexuality/lesbianism. I also wonder if the journalist is a homosexual or lesbian and if so, are they setting aside their bias and reporting the news with no problems. I do not trust news that I get from Daily Kos or the Huffington Post on their coverage of gay bashing cases because they predictably make the homosexual look like an innocent victim no matter what wrong the gay does.

Gay bashing victims will face the same public opinion court as gay bashers. If there are ugly truths about a homosexual which the media omits as they most media did with Methew Wayne Shepard, then we will use our free speech rights to tell the ugly truths about the homosexual even if others dislike it. & there is nothing any1 can do to legally stop us from telling the ugly truths. Gay bashing victims will face the public opinion court as gay bashers do and ugly truths will be told about a homosexual if it’s found though it offends homosexual groups.

Anonymous

Loved the article. Makes me so happy that people are actually doing something about these outrageous discrimination laws. People should be more like the ACLU, and get off there butts. Make a difference in the world. Like me.

Anonymous

We the People...
Do we not have freedom of association and freedom of assembly protected under the first amendment? Is not the sorority of biological females an intimate association of individuals, who assemble in women's bathrooms around a common cause there? Do we not have the right to determine what message our activities there convey to the public? Can that message be that the women's bathrooms are sanctuaries for female private functions? Are we not permitted to exclude groups if those groups present a message contrary to the one the organizing group wanted to convey? Can the excluded group be people with male genitals? Must we be compelled by the state to include such group, who present a contrary message; even if the intent of the state is to prevent discrimination? If we women can't even form an association and assemble, for the purpose of creating a space to use the bathroom, then what freedom do we have?

Anonymous

So true

Anonymous

You know what's funny this is an aclu site for civil liberties but if you say something against there group of homosexuals and transgenders and lesbian they have to review it first to see if they want it on there site sounds to me they only care about there liberties and no one else's

Anonymous

Thank you So much Thank you for fighting against discrimination also thank you for fighting for all of us because we do not want hatred in the name of god or the bible. also follow the golden rule kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Golden-Rule/

Anonymous

Aw, poor little confused people and their butthurt mentalities. Homosexuality and transgender-ism is a disease...it's not hateful to say that because it's true. It is cause by one of two things, emotional damage or chemical imbalance.

The supporters of the LGBT are all hateful bigots, every single one of them.

Anonymous

God created male and female homosexuality is wrong , changing your sexual organs is wrong and transgenders is wrong . You can try and do or push God out of it sin is sin no matter what you try to say or make excuses and say you were born that way . Or Americans need to change and have transgender bathrooms because you say so . One day you will see and know that your sin will find you out .you can try to make laws to make the American people to try and say we will change American and laws to please your selfs,. But I'm sure you say there is no God so we can do as we want well sodom and Gormah said and did every evil under the son men with men women with women and men with childern ,and men and women with animals but God destroy that city for it was filled with much evil and corruption . So again I say it will happen God is God and sin God hates

Mark K

How about the LGBT community put there big boy pants on and then come back to reality? What is at issue is fact versus feeling. The LGBT community would like to be able to use whatever bathroom they feel like rather than what is the factual truth established at birth. North Carolina would like everyone to use the rest rooms that corresponds with the gender fact assigned them on their birth certificate instead of what people "feel" like. This is not bigotry, this is common sense. The argument that allowing people to decide which restroom they feel like would not lead to men in women's bathrooms is as ridiculous as the argument that transgender are being discrimated against because they want to use bathrooms that don't correspond to the gender to which they were born. That gay people are actually making this a "rights" issue exposes the entire LGBT movement as a hollow sham that is just striving to undermine societal values that they believe cause them to feel shame. The truth is the shame they feel is the cey if their own consciences that daily tell them their lives are a lie. The LGBT can sue people to bake them cakes, sue to get to use bathrooms, and sue to promote their own intolerance and NONE of it will erase the shame.

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