“North Carolina’s governor on Tuesday made his latest attempt at convincing legislators to repeal a law that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, while more than 140 entertainers called a similar measure proposed in Texas ‘a poison.'”
“‘It makes great cocktail napkins, bookmarks, facial tissues. But you know what’s best to do with it!’ Yes, Durham, N.C., agency McKinney knows where its home state’s controversial House Bill 2 belongs—in the toilet.”
Dillon Deaton for The New York Times
“North Carolina’s Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed repealing the state’s law restricting transgender restroom access, but outraged the law’s opponents by adding a provision to temporarily ban cities from passing measures to support transgender rights.
The legislation filed by Senate President Phil Berger followed hours of closed-doors talks among Republicans, who met in a special session to consider scrapping the law that has put North Carolina at the center of America’s debate over transgender rights.
The state in March became the first to bar transgender people from using public restrooms that match their gender identity, citing traditional values and a need for public safety. Opponents called it mean-spirited and unnecessary.”
“The Charlotte city council voted to rescind its controversial ‘Non-Discrimination Ordinance’ that allowed transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponded to their gender identity, the council announced on Monday.
The city council apparently voted to repeal the ordinance as part of an exchange. In return, the state Legislature — held by the GOP — promised to hold a special session on Tuesday to repeal its similarly controversial House Bill 2, or ‘bathroom bill,’ that required individuals statewide to use the bathroom corresponding with the gender identity listed on their birth certificate. The statewide ordinance had been passed in response to the Charlotte city ordinance.”
“But the state will continue to defend its law that bans transgender people from certain bathrooms in another lawsuit involving the federal government.”
“WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) – A U.S. judge weighing whether to halt a North Carolina law that restricts bathroom access for transgender people in government buildings and public schools questioned at a hearing on Monday what problem the measure fixed and how it would make restrooms safer.”
“In one of the biggest economic consequences to come out of North Carolina’s controversial law that bans transgender people from using bathrooms in accordance with their gender identities, the National Basketball Association has decided to pull the 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte.”