North Carolina is one of the few remaining states WITHOUT a collection of anti-LGBT bills set to vote, but that may soon regrettably change.
Governor Pat McCrory (R) has told two councilman from Charlotte that he will eagerly push through legislation banning bathroom access for transgender people if a nondiscrimination law that was previously defeated by Charlotte’s City Council is overturned.
Echoing sentiments that defeated Houston’s LGBT protections last fall, McCrory warned in an email that “changing basic restroom and locker room norms” will somehow put women and children at risk, despite being able to articulate what those risks actually would be.
“This shift in policy could also create major public safety issues by putting citizens in possible danger from deviant actions by individuals taking improper advantage of a bad policy. Also, this action of allowing a person with male anatomy, for example, to use a female restroom or locker room will most likely cause immediate State legislative intervention which I would support as governor.”
As Think Progress notes, several other cities and counties in North Carolina already offer at some form of employment protection based on gender identity, and additionally the University of North Carolina system also protects gender identity in employment and admission, this similarly extends to trans-peoples use of restrooms.
The original vote was narrowly defeated 6-5, and it is rumored that at least 8 of the 11 council members are prepared to support it.