Urban Wire Gender and Sexuality: It’s about more than just bathrooms
The voices of Urban Institute’s researchers and staff
The NBA recently announced that it was moving its 2017 All-Star Game from North Carolina in protest of a state law requiring people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender listed on their birth certificates. With that decision, the NBA joined several organizations and corporations that have taken action in response to North Carolina’s House Bill 2. Opponents of the law have called for boycotts of the state, urging people not to travel to North Carolina for business or pleasure. And the federal government has threatened to withhold roughly $4.8 billion in federal grants and contracts.
These econo mic actions are one way to fight the bill, which is seen as discriminatory treatment of transgender people (individuals whose gender identity is not the same as the gender they were assigned at birth). From the federal government’s standpoint, it is also the penalty that grant recipients should pay for violating federal laws and regulations on nondiscrimination.
But there are political or religious conservatives who support the ban because of their religious or social beliefs or their views on states’ rights. They think the boycotts and the withholding of funds are inappropriate and excessively punitive. Continue reading
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