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Thursday, March 24, 2016

North Carolina’s Shocking Anti-Trans Bill Means We’re Fighting Harder

Yesterday, North Carolina’s government spent just half a day jamming through a dangerous anti-trans bill. They overturned the LGBT protections that Charlotte’s city council just passed a month ago.

But that wasn’t enough for them.

They also made it state law that people must use bathrooms in all public buildings according to the gender on their birth certificate. That includes public schools and universities. That includes all major airports. That includes government-run hospitals, libraries, DMVs, state and county courthouses, parks, and historic sites.

Make no mistake: this is terrible news. North Carolina has just written mandatory government discrimination into its law. You have every right to be angry. You have every right to be upset. You have every right to feel completely let down by the people who are supposed to be acting in your best interest.

This just means we’re going to keep fighting, and we’re fighting all the harder.

The national trans community is with you. We’re all standing behind trans North Carolinians and your loved ones. We’re going to work together to minimize the impact this has on people’s lives. And we’re going to make it clear to the government of North Carolina that legalizing discrimination is a huge mistake.

There are state government officials on our side – North Carolina’s Attorney General, Roy Cooper, said yesterday that legalizing discrimination like this is “shameful.” We’re working on reaching out to mayors’ offices, city councils, and local government agencies to get support and to let them know what’s going on.

NCTE has launched a North Carolina Action Page so that people in North Carolina and around the country know what they can do to help. The new action page also includes resources to help you understand what the law does and how to protect your rights.

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