Bathroom bill - A law that's contrary to the values of human rights and democracy

01/01/2017
A bill, commonly referred to as the bathroom bill,  has divided the United States of America, a heaven for all kinds of people, from all over the world, women and men but not for the LGBTs anymore.
A bathroom bill is the common name for either legislation or a statute that seeks to regulate access to public facilities – particularly restrooms or bathrooms – by transgender individuals. Bathroom bills can affect access for an individual based on a determination of their sex as defined in some specific way – such as their sex as assigned at birth or their sex as listed on their birth certificate.
In North Carolina, this bathroom bill is known as the HB2. The state’s HB2 bill – signed by the Republican governor, Pat McCrory, on March 23, 2016 – blocks local governments from creating protections for LGBT people and requires transgender people to use the bathroom for the gender they don’t identify with.
House Bill 2 (HB2) dictates that transgender people in North Carolina must use the public bathroom that matches the gender stated on their birth certificate – not the gender they identify as. That includes all public sector bathrooms, such as in government buildings, public universities, public schools and libraries across the state. The legislation was introduced in response to the city of Charlotte passing a local anti-discrimination law designed to protect gay and transgender people from bias, including allowing everyone to use the public bathrooms that matched their gender identity. HB2 overrode the Charlotte law, and prohibited such LGBT anti-discrimination laws statewide. The legislation also blocked local areas from raising the minimum wage above the state level.
This “bathroom bill” brought recriminations, lost business, and resulted in music boycotts and protest tours. It has sparked huge controversy in the country of democracy and human rights. It generated economic boycotts and strong opposition from major corporations, including Apple and Google. PayPal abandoned its plan to bring 400 jobs to the state, entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen canceled dates in the state.
Republican state senator Jeff Tarte, who belongs to the state GOP minority that supports repeal, told the Guardian on Thursday that he hoped that the law could be gone by the summer.
“It was bad legislation. It was a mistake and when you make a mistake you need to own it and you need to correct it,” he said.
The legislation has already cost the state at least $630m in lost business since it was passed last March, according to estimates by Forbes.
“It will have a further impact on jobs,” Tarte said. “At least 70% of people in North Carolina now believe that HB2 hurts the state and they don’t agree with it,” Tarte said, citing recent opinion polls. He said that people were using HB2 to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and “that’s a mistake”.

He predicted that the chances of repealing HB2 quickly in another special session of the assembly early in 2017 were unlikely.
James Esseks, national director of the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT and HIV project, described the impact of HB2 on the queer and trans community of North Carolina as “inhuman and devastating”.
North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” demonstrates lawmakers’ “failure of compassion” because it shuts out the state’s LGBT community, Sir Elton John has said.
A compromise deal involved the city of Charlotte, state Democrats and Republicans and both the outgoing and incoming state governors. It was expected to lead to the repealing of HB2 in the legislature on Wednesday night 21, 2016. But after much deliberation behind closed doors, the attempt failed, with Democrats and Republicans accusing each other of breaking their side of the bargain.
Demonstrations encircled North Carolina’s statehouse, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people, with dozens opposing the law arrested.
Hundreds of protesters took turns sitting outside the offices of house speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger to demand repeal of the law. Police arrested 18 people at Moore’s office, leading them away in plastic handcuffs. All but one were to be charged with second-degree trespassing, acting general assembly police chief Martin Brock said. One man who had to be carried out by officers was to face a resisting arrest charge, according to Brock.
“HB2 compounds the discrimination and marginalization of the transgender community, who already have to fight every day for their survival,” said Joaquin Carcano, a transgender man who’s suing over the law. “Our privacy and safety matter too. Our right to feel safe and protected in this world does not infringe on anyone else’s right to the same.”

The head of the state NAACP, the reverend William Barber, called the law “Hate Bill 2”. He said it affects the poor and minorities as well as the LGBT community, despite conservative efforts to depict it as a law focused on bathroom safety. So pity for the U.S. LGBT people who live in the paradise of human rights and democracy./.
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Deck Hero14 1/1/17 09:34

HB2, which restricts bathroom options for transgender people and overrides local laws to protect LGBT people from bias, has left residents furious.

Pack Cassiopian 1/1/17 09:38

The failure to repeal it during the special session of the state general assembly on Wednesday in Raleigh was “excruciatingly frustrating”.

Only Solidar 1/1/17 09:39

Every day that the law is in place it’s tarnishing the reputation of the entire state.

MaskOf Zero 1/1/17 09:42

HB2 loosed a witch hunt and has emboldened those who see transgender people as inferior. That’s just wrong.

Love Peace 1/1/17 09:49

Forcing transgender people to use the bathroom of a gender with which they don’t identify isn’t just inconvenient or impractical. For many, especially young students still grappling with their transition, it can be traumatic, and at worst, unsafe.

yobro yobro 1/1/17 09:51

The law blocks local and state protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and directs which restrooms transgender people can use in public buildings.

Jane smartnic 1/1/17 09:52

We need to take a stand against this hatred, this violation of human rights.

LawrenceSamuels 1/1/17 09:56

This bill is an undisguised attack on some of our most talented and most vulnerable citizens.

Gentle Moon 1/1/17 09:58

I don’t believe that transgender people are pedophiles.

John Smith 1/1/17 09:59

That's a U.S. I know. Stop dream about American Dream!

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