HB2 repealed? Not. NC legislators doubling down on HB2 ‘not really a repeal’


Surprise, surprise, NC legislators are attempting to reinstate blocking trans people from using public restrooms again. This time with slightly sneakier language.

The ‘repeal’ of HB2 left trans people’s legal status in limbo and prohibited cities and counties from giving them protection until at least 2020.

This bill would reverse what little change the ‘repeal’ (not really a repeal — more an amendment) of HB2 did. It could even be interpreted to go further than HB2 since HB2 had an explicit exception for trans people with updated birth certificates and this does not.

And before someone pops up about how trans people could still use the bathrooms — you have to contextualize the bills with the bill’s authors’ clear belief that trans women are men and trans men are women and should not be allowed to use the restrooms matching their identities.

“Repeal of HB2 does not allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choosing,” Sen. Danny Britt said.

From a FB comment by Danny Britt on his FB page ( https://www.facebook.com/danny.e.britt/posts/10154243957655780 )

“You will not Wayne Brown bathroom protections are what they always have been with the exception that cities like Charlotte can not pass similar ordinances. What that means is just as things were before Charlotte passed their ordinance it is a second degree trespass to go into the restroom that does not correspond to the sex on your birth certificate.

“The only law on the books to allow that was the Charlotte law,” Rep. Brenden Jones said.

From Brenden Jones FB page: “What this essentially means is that the restroom provision of HB2 remains and our children will not be forced to share bathrooms with those of the opposite sex. So long as I represent the people of the 46th district, I will not waiver on this vital issue of privacy.”

NCAA? Are you listening? North Carolina’s ‘repeal’ of HB2 was nothing but smoke and mirrors designed to get boycott’s of NC removed without actually changing the law. Don’t fall for it. Even the legislators who voted for it don’t believe it. And have said so.

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