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It Can’t Happen Here? NC Legislature, Gov Move Against People Who Are LGBT

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By KathyinBlacksburg

Behold the governor of (some of) North Carolina’s citizens. For others, both he and the NC General Assembly (GA) have a message: “welcome to North Carolina, but, you know, not everyone.” Together, the governor and GA just made North Carolina pull the rug out from under people who are LGBT.

This week, the NC GA called a special session for the sole purpose of beating up on transgendered persons and others who are LGBT. Specifically, the GA voted in both houses Wednesday — and without any real debate, with Democrats walking out — to end the city of Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance. But the GA wasn’t satisfied with that outrageous effort. It further removed LGBT protections from all local communities in NC and forbade localities from ever having such ordinances again.

The legislation forces transgender women to use the restroom for the gender identified on their birth certificate, and transgender men to do the same. One marvels at the absurdity of the birth certificate, papers-please implications. Importantly, until a person has had gender reassignment surgery, transgendered persons cannot petition for a new birth certificate to be issued. The process to obtain a new one is an onerous, bureaucratic one. It can be impossible to get all the signatures needed (from a physician, who refuses, for example). So there are a number of transgendered people without birth certificates matching their heart-felt identities.

Trans women would be especially vulnerable to assault when they are forced to use the men’s bathroom. To make matters worse, transgendered persons are already among the most assaulted and murdered people in America. This bill puts them in heightened danger. It thus also makes it difficult for them to have freedom of movement about our country. Without access to facilities they will more likely believe they must say at home.

The legislation furthermore eliminates citizens’ right to sue for discrimination. And in a final blow against human decency, it forbids localities from having a higher minimum wage than the state does and from requiring any other benefits of its contractors which the state doesn’t require.

The governor of NC, Pat McCrory, quickly signed the bill and is now complicit in the most discriminatory law against LGBT citizens in America. In the wake of the NC GA’s ignominious race to the bigoted bottom, the Washington Post suggests, the backlash against their actions has only begun. One can only hope the outcry is huge. Virginia, this is what awaits if you do not prevent a complete GOP takeover of your state in 2017. One more time, please “don’t NC Virginia.”

  • Elaine Owens

    A few questions for the Republican bigots who have hijacked government in our neighbor to the south: Who is going to enforce the provision that transgender women must use men’s bathrooms and transgender men must use women’s bathrooms? How will that enforcement take place? Will there be genitalia police ogling people before they enter a bathroom to see if they have had reassignment surgery or not? Will people in North Carolina be forced to show a birth certificate to get into a public restroom? Here’s a better question: Why pass unenforceable discriminatory laws simply to publicly display your bigotry? It would be much simpler to just pass a resolution saying that you GOPers hate LGBT Americans. Also, since American Airlines and Paypal (which had just announced an expansion in NC that would add 400 jobs) have loudly decried the blatant discrimination in the just-passed legislation, how are the GOP legislators and their lackey governor going to respond when businesses decide not to locate in the tar heel state and not to have conventions there?

    • And what will they pay the people who stand outside restrooms across NC and check people’s genitalia as they enter? Minimum wage? A living wage? Also, will the genitalia police be armed? Will they wear body cameras? Will they come with instant DNA analysis kits for accurate identification of biological gender? Inquiring minds want to know. (snark)

  • True Blue

    Just image how business pages will look, with want ads for Genitalia Police. Who will actually apply for these jobs?

    • notjohnsmosby

      A lot of old male Republican politicians, presumably.

  • Raymond Carter

    Boys invading girls HS locker rooms is the REAL insanity. At least to the MAJORITY of Virginia that voted against this minority governor.

    • notjohnsmosby

      Bigoted much?

      • Raymond Carter

        Brain damaged much?

        • notjohnsmosby

          Not at all. Is brain damage the cause of your racism?

    • Uhhhh….no.