by Anna Fields
Originally published: March 26, 2016
It’s been less than 36 hours since NC Governor Pat McCrory signed a controversial transgender bill into law.
House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, puts in place a statewide policy that bans many transgender individuals from using public bathrooms. The bill is largely a response to — and also undoes — Charlotte, NC’s, recent attempt to protect these same individuals from exactly this kind of discrimination by the state.
McCrory, a Republican, (who, ironically, was the longest-serving mayor of Charlotte before leaving for his current job), signed the bill Wednesday night and tweeted, “Ordinance defied common sense, allowing men to use women’s bathroom/locker room for instance. That’s why I signed bipartisan bill to stop it.”