North Carolina stages anti-LGBT coup

In the span of twelve hours, North Carolina legislators (mostly Republicans, aided by a handful of House Democrats) transformed their state into one of the most heavily anti-LGBT states in the country.

And they did it while rejecting the premise of decentralized, local governance that conservatives so frequently harp on when the federal government does something they don’t like.

The story developed quickly, and it goes like this:

On Wednesday, the General Assembly was called back to Raleigh for a special session to consider legislation written by Republican leadership in response to a non-discrimination ordinance passed by Charlotte, North Carolina last month. That ordinance would have taken effect on April 1, and expanded existing LGBT non-discrimination protections to, among other things, allow transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identities.

The bill did more than simply block Charlotte’s ordinance from taking effect, though. It prohibited any North Carolina city from passing any non-discrimination ordinance broader than the state’s existing protections. Additionally, the law imposes specific regulations on public bathrooms across the state. Those regulations specify that a person must use bathrooms corresponding to the gender they were assigned at birth. As TalkingPointsMemo reader SM pointed out, “by law in NC now, transgender porn star Buck Angel (look him up) will have to use the women’s room…isn’t that precisely what these lawmakers are actually wanting to prevent?”

I looked him up. This is Buck Angel. Republican lawmakers just made it illegal for him to use the men’s bathroom, and mandatory that he use the women’s bathroom:

Buck Angel, via Twitter

Buck Angel, via Twitter

Governor Pat McCrory, via DonkeyHotey / Flickr

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, via DonkeyHotey / Flickr

Finally, just for good measure, the bill also prohibits localities from raising their minimum wages above the level set by the state. You know, so those who voted for the bill can say that it wasn’t about rank transphobia, but was instead about their principled and paternalistic belief that local governance is bad — that is, when local governments pass progressive policies.

When other states have tried to pass anti-LGBT legislation since the Obergefell ruling, they have often faced stiff and organized opposition from activists, community leaders and, perhaps most importantly, the business community — opposition that has at times prevented such legislation from passing. In this case, the legislation was rushed through in a special session of the General Assembly, likely for the express purpose of avoiding that kind of opposition.

It would have been bad enough had the General Assembly blocked Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance based on a thoroughly-debunked myth about trans women. As Chris Kluwe pointed out on Twitter, “you’re more likely to be propositioned by a Republican lawmaker in a bathroom than a trans person.” But what could otherwise have been a mean-spirited attempt to deny trans people in Charlotte protection from discrimination was instead a mean-spirited coup that left all LGBT people throughout North Carolina without the possibility of basic protections in housing or hiring discrimination — along with backward mandates that force people into the wrong bathrooms.

Makes absolutely no sense.

 


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • customartist

    A few North Carolina Contacts: [be nice & feel free to share]

    Furnitureland South, World’s largest furniture retailer
    Jamestown, NC 336-822-3000

    High Point Furniture Market Authority
    General Contact
    [email protected]

    Tom Conley, President & CEO
    [email protected]

    Tammy Covington Nagem, Chief Operating Officer
    [email protected]

    Krissy Singleton, Director Operations
    [email protected]

    Robyn Dezego, Senior Market Advisor
    [email protected]

    Beth Brondolo, Market Advisor
    [email protected]

    Ashley D., Manager Communications
    [email protected]

    Major NC Chambers of Commerce

    Chief Operating Officer Rachel Moss Gauldin
    [email protected]

    President Danny Hearn
    [email protected]

    President Bob Morgan
    [email protected]

    President Tim Giuliani
    [email protected]

    President Debora Hooper
    [email protected]

    President Gail Anderson
    [email protected]

    President Kit Cramer
    [email protected]

    President Connie Majure-Rhett
    [email protected]

  • Donnagcollins2

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  • Dean Cameron

    The thing to do is to remain decorous and polite, while firmly remind the onlookers that they are now required by law to use this restroom, regardless of appearance.
    A woman was recently punched in the face while exiting a restroom, because somebody decided she looked “male”. She wasn’t. That is why i suggest doing this type of Protest in a group, with a camera.
    after all, if it’s not on Youtube, it didn’t happen!

  • linusbern

    If this was about protecting people from sexual assault, they would care that a Trans woman is far more likely to be assaulted by a man than a woman is to be assaulted by a Trans woman.

  • Cackalaquiano

    But don’t underestimate how did dangerous these people can be. These are not small children. These are grown people who have the levers of government in their hands, they are angry at the way society is changing around them, and they will use everything they can to bite back at us.

  • Cackalaquiano

    I like the idea. But I hate that this bill might really force our trans friends to be so openly activist and confrontational. I imagine many of them, like much of society, just want to live in peace. That’s why we all need to stand with them. Constant fighting bigotry is exhausting.

  • ComradeRutherford

    Well, poor white people are also intended.

  • Doug105
  • sane37

    I think the motto is: hurt the poor*

    *poor is a euphamism for colored.

  • Stephanie Turner

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  • emjayay

    I guess people of that great state will now be required to carry birth certificates – maybe plastic wallet sized ones can be made, like with passports these days – and a state official can be stationed at the entrance to every restroom in the state to make sure things are on the up and up.

    This post for some reason doesn’t mention all the corporations and FOOTBALL TEAMS threatening to boycott the state, a nice development in modern corporate management: it’s now cool for them to be publicly non-discriminatory re gay people. Corporations don’t do anything that isn’t about maximising profit so this is an indication of what they consider their best interests in attracting more spendy customers and better quality employees.

  • timncguy

    Nothing could be further from the truth than to claim that this “special session” was sprung without notice. The anti-discrimination law that brought us to this place was passed in Charlotte on Feb 23rd. The NC General Assembly and the governor started threatening to undo the law EVEN BEFORE it passed. And, the special session to undo the protections has been being discussed since the day after the law was passed. There has been adequate time for advocates like HRC, corporate allies and sports organizations to weigh in on this. They just didn’t bother.

  • Outspoken1

    The south has finally won the Civil War and is dragging the entire country down to their hateful, vengeful, racist, bigoted level.

  • nicho

    To be fair, it is Alberta — the Texas of the North.

  • nicho

    And do North Carolina women want transgender women using the same rest room as their husbands? Many of those transgender women are attractive and many of those “straight” men have a wandering eye. This is going to be interesting.

  • ComradeRutherford

    “Makes absolutely no sense.”

    The motto of Conservatives, Libertarians and Republicans.

  • ComradeRutherford

    “On Wednesday, the General Assembly was called back to Raleigh for a special session to consider legislation written by Republican leadership in response to a non-discrimination ordinance passed by Charlotte”

    The Republicans spend every penny of taxpayer money that they can when using Big Government to increase needless human misery.

    Conservatives are hypocrites and liars, which their ‘god’ loves.

  • ComradeRutherford

    The sub-header on the front page says it all:

    “You are more likely to be propositioned by a Republican lawmaker in a bathroom than you are by a trans person.”

    The GOP sees it’s secondary mission as increasing pointless misery as much as possible.

  • ComradeRutherford

    Actually,

    they will continue to make bigoted laws while their children turn Blue (as in Democratic).

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Throwing tantrums – that’s a great way of characterizing their actions. They didn’t get their way with marriage equality, so they will continue to make bigoted laws until their faces turn blue.

  • Dean Cameron

    Here’s a fun idea… stage some Pee-Ins!
    Transsexuals of both Genders (preferably in large groups) should start using “Plumbing Appropriate” restrooms. Let the ridiculous people who voted for this bill get a taste of reality!

  • They’re just throwing tantrums and trying to remind us that their bigotry will not be ignored. It’s not a unique problem in the US – this amazing Canadian lady rapped about a similar bill in Alberta. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtp1eDz_mY&feature=youtu.be

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