There’s not much good to say about North Carolina’s faux-repeal of HB2, which really doesn’t do anything to protect the state’s LGBTQ citizens. While the governor and the NCAA may be fooled, other people are not.
A number of cities and states are still banning government-funded travel to North Carolina over its treatment of LGBTQ people. (That means it will not send government employees to the state unless absolutely necessary.)
Those places include the states of California, Washington and Minnesota; Chicago; New York City; Seattle; Atlanta; Los Angeles; Salt Lake City; Cincinnati; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; Portland, Maine; Baltimore; Burlington, Vermont; San Francisco; Oakland, California; West Palm Beach, Florida; Wilton Manors; Florida; and Palm Springs, California.
“California’s law was enacted to ensure that, with limited exceptions, our taxpayer resources are not spent in states that authorize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression,” the state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra (D), said Wednesday in a statement. “North Carolina’s new law does not cure the infirmity of this type of discrimination.”
“We must continue to stand up for the rights of all people,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said Thursday. “North Carolina is continuing discriminatory policies and this is not something the state of Washington condones or supports.”
State lawmakers approved legislation last month that repeals the so-called “bathroom bill,” but the new law bars cities from passing ordinances that expand nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. It also bans municipalities and the University of North Carolina from regulating bathroom access without the legislature’s permission.
This is from a little while ago, but seems particularly needed right now.
And it’s important to note that the every single person appearing in this video is actual real life living & breathing trans person. As is the director (Silas Howard). As is the audio engineer (Ada Douglass). As is the writer (me!).
I think it’s really important for us to be taking the lead in the conversations happening right now, so I’d really appreciate you watching and sharing and liking and leaving positive comments.
i got a pin that says “i probably don’t want to talk to you about gender” at an anarchist bookstore that had a single-user bathroom labeled with the transgender symbol :)
the amount of explicit trans support i’ve observed in asheville, north carolina is far greater than i’ve ever seen anywhere in the north. it makes me happy that asheville is aggressively affirming trans people in response to HB2.
Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace kicked off her concert in Durham, North Carolina, last night by burning her birth certificate onstage in front of a sold out crowd — an act of protest against the state’s discriminatory HB2 Bill.
Straight people, I want you to imagine something. I want you to close your eyes for a moment and imagine that the world is queer. Barely clad, lissome teen boys are used to sell everything from candy to beer to mutual funds. Beaming lesbian couples look down at you from every billboard and subway ad. Every film and TV show is about the lives and struggles of same-sex couples. Sometimes a daring art house film will feature a story of the forbidden love between a man and a woman, but outside of the arts and the big cities, such relationships are considered dirty, licentious and widely known to be doomed. Heterosexual people are all perverts, you know. They’re dangerous and mentally ill. Don’t let them touch you. Ever. This is what your America looks like to an LGBT person.
this whole “trans people deserve bathroom rights because nobody can name a single instance of those protections being abused” thing can only go so far like
regardless of what excuses the cis male fuckos harassing people in women’s bathrooms are trying to use, I still have to pee?? trans people don’t deserve to have less rights just because cis men continue to predatorize women’s bathrooms