On March 23, North Carolina lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory put into law what is being called the most anti-LGBT bill in the United States. Within the discriminatory law is a clause which bans transgender people from entering the restroom of their gender identity. Rather, they must now use the restroom which corresponds with their birth certificate.
First off, I can’t help but wonder how they will be enforcing this rule. Will there be bathroom monitors who need to verify all naughty bits match the bathroom door? Will North Carolina be instituting a state issued gender ID card so bathroom patrols can card people walking into the bathroom?
Charlie Comero lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is a transgender man.
Under the new law, Charlie must now use the women’s restroom because he was born female. Naturally, the sight of an obviously male person in the women’s restroom is likely to grab some attention. So, he is being proactive with the whole card idea.
Comero told The Huffington Post:
The truth is that when folks in the general public are called upon by fellow citizens who happen to be transgender to be curious and compassionate about what it’s like to be a transgender individual, it sticks more. It’s a new thing for many — and there are many of us (myself included) who are willing to educate and speak with them from a place of love and compassion. That is the purpose of my cards: to show an amount of absurdity about the law and to educate folks [about] what being transgender means.
Laws like North Carolina’s HR2 have only been created by the right-wing in response to marriage equality being the law of the land. This is their revenge. And, it is disgraceful.
Just to further illustrate the absurdity:
— James P Sheffield (@JayShef) March 24, 2016
Or, this tweet:
— Dr.Dalek Therapist (@lust4apples) March 24, 2016
The fact is, this law is dangerous. While this is obviously a dangerous situation for transgender men who are now forced to use the women’s restroom, it’s certainly dangerous (and perhaps potentially more s0) for transgender women, too. With North Carolina’s vile bathroom regulations, transgender women are now banned from the women’s restroom – meaning people who identify and live their lives as women will have to walk by Bubba and his crew to relieve themselves. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like a recipe for disaster or anything.
According to the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) 72 percent of hate violence homicides were transgender women. Of course, being murdered isn’t the only threat. AVP also states transgender women are 1.8 times more likely to experience sexual violence.
Sure, this sounds like a completely safe scenario and not at all something that could cause increased violence against a segment of our society that is already at increased risk.
Good job, North Carolina conservatives. You’ve allowed your hatred and petty bullshit to not only trample upon the civil rights and privacy rights of individuals, but also increase the likelihood of people being attacked. That’s mightily moral of you.
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