Should transgender people be allowed to use restrooms of the gender to which they identify? North Carolina doesn’t seem to think so. The state just signed the HB2 law, or rather the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. The law, which the media has been referring to as the “bathroom law,” dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Word is still out on whether HB2 will soon be followed by which benches transgender people will be allowed to sit their asses on in public parks.
The laws essentially eliminate anti-discrimination protections for members of the LGBT community, barring transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the gender they were born with. Celebrities and civil rights leaders have come out in criticism of the law, and ‘The Boss’ has joined the boycott. Springsteen cancelled a show in Greensboro scheduled for April 2016, sighting his displeasure with the state’s HB2 law as the reason.
He said in a statement; “the law attacks the rights of LGBT citizens…It’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all our citizens to overturn that progress…There are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments…I feel this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters…some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry is one of them.”
The law has drawn sharp criticism from all corners, the latest being the NBA All-Star Game which at the time of writing was to be moved the hell out of North Carolina in protest. Pepsi, PayPal, Apple, and a host of other companies with operations in Charlotte, NC, all issued statements in protest of the law. Conservative groups have praised the legislature, thanking the governor for signing a bill they say would protect women and children from unwanted advances from biological males in bathrooms.
What do you think dear WDFLM reader? Should transgender people be allowed to use restrooms of the gender to which they identify, or of the gender they were born with? Careful how you answer though; we go one way and we’d soon be asking if transgender people should be allowed to use restrooms at all. Because all human rights abuses, from the holocaust and apartheid to genocides, they always begin with specific and targeted hatred and fear.
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