A city in Alabama has recalled a local law which criminalised the use of a gender-appropriate bathroom by transgender people. The city council in Oxford, Alabama recalled the law which was passed last week. The ordinance banned trans people from using a bathroom corresponding to their gender identity, as opposed to the sex displayed on their birth certificate.Those breaking the local law could have faced six months in jail or a $500 fine.
But on Wednesday the city council voted 3-2 to repeal the law.
“It’s a great day in the state of Alabama and we commend Councilperson Charlotte Hubbard for leading the recall effort,” said HRC Alabama State Director Eva Walton Kendrick.This sends a welcome message of inclusion to Oxford’s families, businesses and visitors, and sets an example for other communities that may be considering similar legislation. Fair-minded Americans do not believe in discrimination, and we must continue to educate one another on the importance of being inclusive and welcoming to all.”