The North Carolina state legislature on Wednesday passed one of the most sweeping anti-LGBT bills in the country, taking away local protections for gay and transgender people and forcing students to only use restrooms that correspond to their biological sex. The bill, signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory only hours after it passed in the legislature was a response to a non-discrimination measure in Charlotte, which allowed students to use the bathroom that corresponded with their gender identity. According to state legislators, this would pose an immediate threat to women and children from “sexual predators” who could then pose as transgenders.
That explanation did not fly with gay rights groups, however, who condemned the bill as highly discriminatory. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina released a statement, saying “Legislators have gone out of their way to stigmatize and marginalize transgender North Carolinians by pushing ugly and fundamentally untrue stereotypes that are based on fear and ignorance and not supported by the experiences of more than 200 cities with these protections.”
This bill is only the latest in a series of state legislation to limit gay and transgender rights over concerns of “restroom privacy”.
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