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DON’T BE FOOLED by the fake “repeal” of HB2


A message from the ACLU of North Carolina. Rather than cleanly repeal House Bill 2 March 30th, the North Carolina General Assembly passed and Governor Roy Cooper signed a new law — HB 142 — that keeps in place many of the most harmful parts of HB 2. It is not a real repeal, and it doesn’t leave North Carolina the way it was before HB 2 was rushed into law last year.

Instead, HB 142 prevents public schools and local governments from adopting good policies guaranteeing that transgender people can access facilities matching their gender. HB 142 also says that local governments cannot pass ordinances protecting LGBT people — or anyone else — from discrimination in employment or public places until 2020. This is not a true repeal of HB 2, and it doubles down on the dangerous lie that transgender people are a threat to safety and privacy.

However, HB 142 does do one very important thing: Even though schools and local governments cannot proactively adopt good policies to protect transgender people from discrimination and harassment, they can no longer block transgender people from using facilities that match their gender. In other words, transgender people in North Carolina can now use restrooms and other facilities that match their gender, and neither schools nor local governments should prevent you from doing so.

Lawmakers said this new bill would reduce discrimination. We must hold them to that promise.

  • If you or your children are students and identify as transgender, ask your school officials to confirm that transgender students won’t be blocked from using facilities matching their gender.
  • If you are a state or local government employee, ask your employer.
  • If you regularly need to visit state or local government offices, ask them.

And if you experience any denials or problems, contact the ACLU immediately through this online form.

After more than a year of having this horrendous law on the books, our state lawmakers did finally take action. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the action thousands of North Carolinians across the state have been fighting for.

But know this: Your voices do matter. Every email, phone call, and tweet made a difference in this hard battle. And we will continue to fight in court and beyond for transgender people to access the restrooms that correspond to their gender and for equal protection for the entire LGBT community in North Carolina. Know that we see you, we stand with you, and we will continue to work hard every day to defend your rights.

Chris Brook
Legal Director
ACLU of North Carolina


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