North Carolina Already Getting Sued Up The Wazoo For Its Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill
Last week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law which will ban transgender people from using public bathrooms in accordance with the gender they identify as.
Early Monday morning, as entirely expected, the lawsuits started pouring in, from both individuals and organizations, such as the ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina. BuzzFeed reports that the the individual claimants so far include
“Joaquín Carcaño, a transgender man who works at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Payton Grey McGarry, a transgender man who is a student at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; and Angela Gilmore, a lesbian who is the associate dean for academic affairs at North Carolina Central University.”
The lawsuit reads “While the discriminatory, stated focus of the legislature in passing H.B. 2 — the use of restrooms by transgender people — is on its own illegal and unconstitutional, H.B. 2 in facts wreaks far greater damage by also prohibiting local governments in North Carolina from enacting express anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
These lawsuits will likely cost the state a fuckton of money, and the state will likely lose them, but clearly the legislature thinks it’s worth it. Surely they don’t need to spend that money on anything else, like education or what have you. The law will also result in the state losing money from private companies and sports associations. So far, “Apple, American Airlines, Bank of America, Biogen, Burt’s Bees, Citrix, Dow Chemicals, Duke University, ESPN, Facebook, Google, IBM, Lowe’s, the NBA, the NCAA, PayPal, Redhat, and others” have all released statements publicly condemning the law.
Naturally, those defending the bill are still trying to convince us all that this is really about safety and privacy. Which is basically the adult version of putting your hands over your eyes and declaring yourself invisible.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore explained, saying “The way the ordinance was written by (the) City Council in Charlotte, it would have allowed a man to go into a bathroom, locker or any changing facility, where women are — even if he was a man. We were concerned. Obviously there is the security risk of a sexual predator, but there is the issue of privacy.”
I…I have a question here. Do these men have any idea what a woman’s public restroom actually looks like? Do they not think we have stalls? Do they think we all go to the bathroom in full view of one another, in some kind of circle or something? How do they think this works? We have privacy! Barring a broken lock, there is just not going to be a situation where you see anyone else’s junk in the lady’s room.
Even if you wanna bring locker rooms into this! I went through four years of high school without ever seeing a single entirely naked person in a locker room. In fact, as I recall, we were just all impressed by the confidence of the one or two girls who walked around in their underwear. Nearly any woman on earth could change her entire outfit on a bus without anyone ever seeing her naked.
Exactly no one is buying that this is about safety or privacy concerns. Even they don’t seem all that convinced. We all know exactly what it is–a bunch of sad bigots desperately trying to cling to the last group of people they might be able to legally discriminate against for a little while.
So, I encourage these people to thoroughly enjoy these few months before a judge declares this law unconstitutional. Take it all in, and really savor every moment. Because barring someone opening a Jim Crow themed amusement park, this is very likely going to be their last chance to experience the sheer joy of…whatever it is they get out of all of this.