North Carolina Governor to sign bill banning local LGBT protections

Today, North Carolina's legislature passed a bill that will revoke and ban LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances in the state. House Bill 2 was introduced this morning during a special legislative session called by North Carolina's House following the passage of a local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte. The bill has quickly progressed and was passed by the House and Senate. Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to sign it into law tonight.

“Today, North Carolinians have been deprived of basic fairness, leaving families vulnerable and putting countless individuals in harm’s way,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “This discriminatory law is a scourge on the progress that we as a nation have achieved for LGBT Americans, but we will not waiver in the fight for full equality and acceptance. Now, corporate America, including the entertainment industry, must join the chorus of Americans taking a stand to let Governor McCory and other lawmakers know that discrimination will not be tolerated.”

Beyond blocking Charlotte's ordinance, which is set to take effect on April 1, HB 2 asserts that state law overrides all local ordinances addressing employment, wages, or public accommodations. HB 2 also restricts access to single-sex public restrooms and locker rooms in publicly run facilities to people of the same corresponding sex assigned at birth. Transgender students would also be banned from accessing bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity. Discriminatory bills targeting LGBT people like HB 2 have been introduced around the country, with 23 of the 44 anti-transgender bills filed this year aimed at transgender youth, according to a report from the Human Rights Campaign.