Today, the North Carolina legislature called a special session where, according to Governor McCrory, they would “reconsider existing state legislation” in reference to House Bill 2 which is frequently referred to as the “bathroom bill.” In reality the bill does so much more than restrict bathroom access, it also limits LGBTQ rights by not allowing for local anti-discrimination ordinances. The session was called in response to a Monday night vote by the Charlotte City council to rescind their local law (a non-discrimination ordinance) that originally led to the statewide HB2, according to the Charlotte Observer. Rescinding the local ordinance was meant to allow for full repeal of HB2. The North Carolina legislature today debated a repeal that would have also added a six-month moratorium on any local anti-discrimination ordinances. They failed to repeal HB2, thereby failing their LGBTQ constituents.
Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project said, “We are outraged that the North Carolina legislature is continuing its practice of discrimination against transgender and gender nonconforming people and they leave the entire LGBTQ community open to discrimination. The actions in North Carolina show how important our work at The Trevor Project is and we remain committed to fighting for the future of LGBTQ youth.” Anyone in need of crisis intervention services is encouraged to call the Trevor Lifeline at 866.488.7386. The lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
According to our colleagues at Lambda Legal and the ACLU, “H.B. 2 bans transgender people from accessing restrooms and public facilities consistent with their gender identity and prevents local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people. H.B. 2 is estimated to have cost North Carolina over $600 million in lost revenue from businesses concerned with the discriminatory nature of the law, and was a contributing factor in the election defeat of the outgoing Governor Pat McCrory.”