North Carolina has become the “butt” of the jokes of countless comedians over the last few months because of it’s HB2 law which forces transgender people like the man shown below, to use the labeled facilities that corresponds to their birth sex.
In other words, under North Carolina law, Mr. Christopoulos must use the women’s restroom or else he could be fined and/or arrested.
Last week, the U.S. Justice Department sent a letter warning North Carolina government officials that HB2 violated Title IV and Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act. The letter stated that Governor McCory and agents of the state had until Monday to retract this silly law. Otherwise, they’d lose 2 billion dollars in federal funding for their public schools and universities.
So what was the McCory administration’s response?
Their response was a masterful 3rd-grader legal maneuver known as “I know you are, but what am I?”
North Carolina filed a counter-lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department, claiming that it had “overreached” in its authority.
On Monday, the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah could not contain his astonishment:
These guys are not fucking serious,” Noah said on Tuesday. “You’re willing to give up $2 billion over bathrooms? There is no one I would not let use a bathroom for $2 billion. In fact, I would be a bathroom for $2 billion.
Noah added, “You realize you’ve already been sharing the bathroom with trans people for your entire lives, and you’ve never noticed it? And why would you? Because it’s a public bathroom. You’re supposed to go in there, mind your own business, and get out as fast as you can. That’s all you do. If you can ID anyone else who is in the bathroom with you, you are paying too much attention.
Noah also pointed out that North Carolina’s law goes beyond just discriminating against transgender people in public restrooms. The law also makes it legal to discriminate against the LGBTQ community because it strips all local protections afforded to LGBTQ individuals in the state, and replaces those protections with a law that purposely excludes them from having a shielded status.
So now LGBTQ citizens can face legal discrimination in the workplace and from businesses who refuse to serve them, which also includes landlords unwilling to rent to LGBTQ people.
As U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said during the federal government’s lawsuit announcement on Monday:
This action is about a great deal more than bathrooms. This is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens, and the laws that we as a people and as a country have enacted to protect them — indeed, to protect all of us.
Words to live and pee free by.
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