Lawsuit: LGBT people face disfavored treatment under North Carolina law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The federal lawsuit challenging a new North Carolina law that halts Charlotte’s anti-discrimination rules and directs where transgender students must use the bathroom says the measure specifically singles out LGBT people for “disfavored treatment.”

The lawsuit, filed Monday morning, names two transgender people who work or study on University of North Carolina system campuses, which now must comply with last week’s law. The two were born female and now consider themselves male but have not changed their birth certificates. They say the inability to use the men’s restroom or locker room will cause them fear and might lead to harassment.

The lawsuit also criticizes members of the General Assembly for their arguments that Charlotte’s new ordinance needed to be overturned to protect women and children. The ordinance allowed transgender people to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity.

Corporations have criticized the law, but Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and allies defend it as providing uniform rules across the state. The legislature met in special session last Wednesday to pass the law in response to a Charlotte ordinance that allowed transgender people to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity.

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3 comments

  • Miranda

    “will cause fear” and “might cause harassment”
    These are not criteria to establish discrimination. The actions of the federal government with regard to foreign policy causes fear by most Americans, but it does not establish those acts as discriminatory. Living in a dangerous neighborhood causes fear, but it is not considered discriminatory because the people who live their are free to move. And never has discrimination been established by something as vacuous as “the possibility” of something discriminatory happening.

    They are grasping at straws here because the only way to give transgender people the right to use the bathroom of their choice is by taking away the rights of the rest of society to a level of privacy which we currently all take for granted. Whenever rights conflict, it is always…ALWAYS…the most primary rights which take precedence.

    You have a right to go to the bathroom (or a locker room, etc.) in private, segregated from others according to physical characteristics, not mental characteristics. That is the way our society is arranged and the way in which our privacy rights are accorded. If you have a mental condition (in this case gender dysphoria) which makes it impossible for you to function normally in society, that is terribly unfortunate to be sure, but it is not incumbent upon the rest of society to alter the entire structure of privacy rights to accomodate you. There are plenty of other practical options and solutions to this problem which make legal action pointless and unnecessary. That alone ought to be enough to have this thrown out of a higher court, but the politicalization of the LGBT agenda demands that these solutions be ignored in favor of legal action in order to get the media attention. And THAT is why people (even gay people like myself!) are so hostile to LGBT issues. Because the answers to most of the problems faced by the LGBT population are simple and easy, and require no political or governmental involvement, no conflicting rights, and no hassles for anyone. It isn’t that people in the 21st century are hostile toward LGBT individuals. They are hostile toward any subgroup trying to politicize an issue that doesn’t need to be politicized.

  • Gonk

    I guess the vast majority of unconfused (genderally speaking) people deserve the disfavored treatment when we decide to have our families use the correct facilities. This society may very well be doomed if we are wasting our time talking about this type of thing in the government rather than solve real problems (not pretend, trans-reality problems). Sad.

  • steve thomas

    Bullshit. The simple solution is indicated on a birth certificate. If a certificate say someone’s a male, he’s a male. If it says someone’s a female, she’s a female. If a person identifies a something other than what is on their certificate, let them go through whatever surgical and hormonal requirements that are necessary and have medical personnel determine when the transformation is 100% complete. Then have their birth certificate amended, notarized, and carry some documentation that indicates the change. Poof! Now they must use the restroom that is indicated. Case closed.