6 Reactions to North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law You Need to See

Since North Carolina passed its odious anti-trans bill last week, a lot has happened. Namely, HB 2 has been met with heavy resistance from human rights advocates and big businesses alike.

Here are six major reactions to the bill:

1. North Carolina Is Getting Sued

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Governor Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the University of North Carolina are named as defendants in the suit. The ACLU is suing on behalf of two transgender citizens and a third plaintiff who identifies as lesbian and works as a law professor at North Carolina Central University.

Plaintiff Joaquin Carcaño explained how, as a trans man, this bill puts him in real danger by mandating he use bathrooms and public accommodations based solely on his birth sex.

But more than that, that HB 2 treats him as a second class citizen:

“HB 2 is hurtful and demeaning. I just want to go to work and live my life. This law puts me in the terrible position of either going into the women’s room where I clearly don’t belong or breaking the law,” Carcaño explained. “But this is about more than bathrooms, this is about my job, my community, and my ability to get safely through my day and be productive like everyone else in North Carolina.”

It will be the first time that a bathroom bill like this has specifically been subject to a lawsuit.

The lawsuit contends that the bill – rushed by the legislature in an extraordinary session — was specifically motivated by am intent to attack trans rights and privilege religiously-motivated discrimination.

The complaint states that HB 2 is unconstitutional as it violates Equal Protection and Due Process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. The suit also argues that the law violates Title IX of the Civil Rights Act because it discriminates on the basis of sex.

2. San Francisco’s Mayor Bans Travel to North Carolina on City Money

In a move consistent with previous actions, San Francisco’s mayor Ed Lee stated on Friday that, effective immediately, all departments under the mayor’s control are banned from using public funds to travel to North Carolina unless it is specifically for the purpose of health or safety.

“We are standing united as San Franciscans,” the mayor’s statement reads, “to condemn North Carolina’s new discriminatory law that turns back the clock on protecting the rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.”

3. Trans People Have Been Throwing Shade at the Nonsensical Law

Part of the motivation for HB2 was to overrule a trans-inclusive ordinance in Charlotte that allows trans people to use the restroom facilities that match their consistent gender.

North Carolina’s governor Pat McCrory argued HB 2 was necessary to prevent sexual assaults, thereby calling to mind the “We Just Need to Pee” memes.

Some trans people on Twitter pointed out this hypocrisy, with one user, James P Sheffield, tweeting:

This tweet, which quickly went viral, nicely summed up the bill’s major flaw – birth-assigned sex defines our emergent gender — because, simply, it does not.

4. Director Rob Reiner Calls for a Hollywood Boycott of North Carolina

Joining a growing list of Hollywood big-names who have called for a boycott, “Harry Met Sally” director Rob Reiner has spoken out against HB 2.

“Until this hateful law is repealed and LGBT North Carolinans are treated with the equal dignity they deserve, I will not film another production in North Carolina, and I encourage my colleagues in the entertainment industry to vow to do the same,” Reiner stated on Friday.

Big names from other industries have also taken a stand against the law. Both ESPN and the NFL indicated that HB 2 could affect their planned events in the state over the next few years. You can learn more about the businesses standing up to anti-LGBT legislation in our Care2 coverage here.

5. The White House Speaks Out Against HB 2 and Other Discriminatory Laws

In comments made to the Washington Blade, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said:

“This administration is strongly committed to advancing the cause of equality for LGBT Americans and to ensuring that they do not face discrimination simply because of who they are or who they love. Like so many others across the country, we are concerned about the potential harmful impact of these laws, especially on transgender youth, and believe they are mean-spirited and send the wrong message.”

6. Governor Pat McCrory Thinks This is All Just “Political Theater”

In a stunning show of his inability to read criticism — or, perhaps, ability to ignore it — North Carolina’s Governor McCrory maintains that the backlash to HB 2 is just “political theater.”

While claiming to empathize with trans people, McCrory asked“Would you want a man to walk into your daughter’s shower and legally be able to do that because mentally they think they are of the other gender? I happen to disagree with that, but I’ll allow business to make that decision themselves.”

This statement brims with blatant ignorance and dangerous bias, but apparently Governor McCrory doesn’t care. Given the massive amount of pressure being put on the state, we’ll see how long his indifferent attitude lasts.

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william Miller
william Millerabout a year ago


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Timothy W.
Timothy W1 years ago

People need to understand that even though we seem to hear about a few states that are passing this type legislation, such as North Carolina and Mississippi, there are others as well. Missouri is one of the first states in our country to pass laws early on against Same Gender marriage, and now today they are voting on a bill similar to North Carolina's and Mississippi's. These laws are not really designed or written to provide religious rights but to directly discriminate against a group of people. Will I be allowed to refuse to do business or work for christians who I strongly believe are harming our society. These are strongly held beliefs I have, and think that if I see a cross or fish displayed I shouldn't have to deal or associate with them.

Elaine W.
Past Member 1 years ago

"North Carolina’s Governor McCrory maintains that the backlash to HB 2 is just “political theater." The bill itself is the political theater and it is a very nasty play.

Karen H.
Karen H1 years ago

There are two "tourism ads" on this site. One for Mississippi and one for North Carolina. Well worth watching: http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a35496/funny-or-die-mississippi-tourism-ad/

Timothy W.
Timothy W1 years ago

Darrell Green

Yep you are right. Pay Pal does business in countries that have even more hateful laws than North Carolina. However, Pay Pal has a better chance affecting change in North Carolina, and you might note that North Carolina are creating laws that go backwards. Perhaps Pay Pal hopes that they can have an influence on other countries. North Carolina is passing laws that take us backwards on the Human Rights front. This bill does nothing to protect women and children. There is no evidence that transgender people pose a threat to anyone. We do have evidence of the threat men of the cloth pose to women and especially children.

Darryll Green
Darryll Green1 years ago

This brings the issue back to Pay-Pal: According to its CEO Dan Schulman, “Becoming an employer in North Carolina, where members of our teams will not have equal rights under the law, is simply untenable.”
One feels his chest inflate with righteous indignation just reading this stentorian affirmation, right?
Maybe not so much in light of Schulman’s recent trip to Cuba with President Obama. As reported in Fortune Magazine, Schulman said “PayPal would start allowing money transfers to and from Cuba later this year … the opportunity for expansion is huge in Cuba, where $2 billion in cash is sent from the U.S. to Cuba annually. “PayPal gets the hypocrite of the year award!” said Rev. Graham in an April 6 post on Facebook. “This company says they’re not coming to North Carolina because the legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory have passed a law to protect women and children against sexual predators by not allowing men to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms.”
Graham continued, “Congressman Robert Pittenger made a great point yesterday: ‘PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including 5 countries where the penalty is death, yet they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misg

Elaine W.
Past Member 1 years ago

Bless the Attorney General Roy Cooper who I hope will run against Governor Pat McCrory in November and WIN. Cooper has pointed out that the law is unconstitutional and his office will not try to defend it.

Marie W.
Marie W1 years ago

Get a life.

Charlie Lee H.
ROBERTO M1 years ago