North Carolina is closer to giving trans people a right to choose a bathroom

Transgender student Sorrel Rosin (R) poses with a friend February 25 2017 in Chicago as hundreds of transgender supporters protest against the Trump administration's reversal of federal protections of bathroom rights, warning it risked exposing young people to hate-fueled violence. Rosin, a high school student in Illinois, said Ive felt a spike in homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, misogyny in and out of school." / AFP / Derek R. HENKLE (Photo credit should read DEREK R. HENKLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Transgender people may soon finally be allowed to use their bathroom of choice in the state which caused a worldwide resonance last year by the attempts to legally forbid them to do so. Passed in March last year, the law which started from so-called House Bill 2 forced people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender they were assigned at birth. It was repealed earlier this year, but its replacement law, HB142, was actually nothing but a legal permission to discriminate against LGBT people. The Governor said: “In 2016, HB2 cast a dark shadow over our state. Not only was it wrong in and of itself, but it cost us jobs. It cost us money. And it cost us our reputation.When I signed HB142, I said it wasn’t a perfect solution. But I believe it was an important step forward for our state. And when I signed it I was clear — our work to make North Carolina better for everyone was not finished. Today, we take the next steps as I put into place the most comprehensive anti-discrimination provisions North Carolina has ever had and I submit a settlement of a lawsuit that can help us put HB2 even further behind us.” The Governor promised it was not the end and he was going to move further:“My ultimate goal is a statewide non-discrimination law with broad protections, and I will keep striving for it.”


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