HB 2, a bill also known as the extremely controversial anti-trans “bathroom” law in North Carolina, has just been given the treatment it deserves – a federal court has ruled that it is unconstitutional, as it violates Title IX of the Education Amendments to the Civil Rights Act. Finally, transphobic conservatives in America are getting the message that America just does not have room for the bigotry they want to keep promoting.
When this bill was first proposed, it was said that HB 2 “directs all public schools, government agencies and public college campuses to require that multiple-occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, such as locker rooms, be designated for use only by people based on their “biological sex” stated on their birth certificate.” Transgender people, in particular, would be affected by not being allowed to use the restrooms of their choice because Republicans were too concerned with fear mongering and spreading the false belief that somehow women and children would inevitably be sexually assaulted by transgender people (even though there is literally ZERO evidence of this happening).
Dissing North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for wanting this anti-trans bathroom law so badly, US District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder pointed out the unlikelihood of any danger being present if the transgender community were treated with respect and allowed to use whatever restroom they preferred:
“Ultimately, the record reflects what counsel for Governor [Pat] McCrory candidly speculates was the status quo ante in North Carolina in recent years: some transgender individuals have been quietly using bathrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity, without public awareness or incident. Accordingly, the court will enjoin UNC from enforcing Part I against the individual transgender Plaintiffs until the court reaches a final decision on the merits in this case.”
Schroeder also said that he had “no reason to believe that an injunction returning to the state of affairs as it existed before” HB 2 was passed “would pose a privacy or safety risk for North Carolinians, transgender or otherwise.”