NC GOP to trans: Get a sex change, then you can pee

As part of its quest to take the Republican party back to the Middle Ages, North Carolina Republicans have offered a “fix” for their anti-transgender bathroom law. And sadly, it’s just as bad as the problem it’s trying to solve.

You’ll recall that HB2, the offending law, requires people in North Carolina to use the public bathroom that corresponds to the gender listed on their birth certificate.

In response to this absurd requirement to, in essence, police the papers of everyone entering public bathrooms in North Carolina, all hell broke loose. The NBA threatened to move next year’s all-star game should the discrimination continue. And a large number of companies and celebrities have announced that they’re boycotting the state, including: Ringo Starr, Deutsche Bank, Bruce Springsteen, General Electric, Dow Chemical, Pepsi, Hyatt, HP, Whole Foods, Levi Strauss, Lions Gate, and more.

Asheville, North Carolina, USA - April 2, 2016: Sign about HB2 calling it legislation made in fear and hate at a rally protesting the new NC law that denies rights to those who are gay or transgender. J. Bicking / Shutterstock.com

Asheville, North Carolina, USA – April 2, 2016: Sign about HB2 calling it legislation made in fear and hate at a rally protesting the new NC law that denies rights to those who are gay or transgender. J. Bicking / Shutterstock.com

Then a funny thing happened. North Carolina Republicans, realizing that they’ve committed the greatest self-immolation since the Brexit (does that make this the Trans-it?), decided to amend the law to make it more trans-friendly.

Yeah, not so much.

The current version of the law says that if you’re trans, you go to the bathroom of your birth certificate, period. The new version says if you’re trans, and you’ve had a sex change, you can go to the state and get a certificate of sex reassignment that you can then, presumably, flash to the nanny state as you enter the bathroom.

So, in essence, North Carolina Republicans want trans people to register with the state, like animals.

Putting aside for a moment the fact that this solves nothing — people are still going to get carded every time they try to pee in North Carolina — the “fix” also does nothing for those transgender people who haven’t had a sex reassignment, which is the overwhelming majority. They would still be covered by the new law stating that they can only enter the bathroom that corresponds to their birth certificate.

The “compromise” was immediately shot down by Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign, as it should be. As Equality North Carolina notes in the press release on the latest “fix”:

Only 33 percent of transgender people actually have gender reassignment surgery. This is due to a variety of factors – including but not limited to cost, age, health and medical needs, and access to skilled providers.

The North Carolina legislature is trying to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic; or to use the local vernacular, put lipstick on a pig. And if I may mix my metaphors, that pig won’t fly.

If North Carolina doesn’t want to lose the all-star game, and a ton more business, they need to outright repeal HB2. Anything less, and the boycott continues.

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  • issyk

    Well said. Thank you.

  • Bob Kon

    Great do you call having a publicly available registry for Trans persons a compromise? Threat them as you do sexual predators and sexual criminals! So you go from bad to worse and ally this to ignore the 2 of each 3 Trans persons who have not and can not have performed these surgeries! Your hate still shows!

    How about the non protection non legal rites of LGBTQQ persons in housing and their Jobs!

    Lets stop the smoke and mirrors, this is and never have been safety in bathrooms!

  • Bob Kon

    sadly I agree! But the opposition knows this they have been informed!

  • It’s not even really a matter of affording surgery. There is no set way to be trans. For some people, surgery simply isn’t part of it.

  • So far, all it has been is obnoxious rednecks harassing people who don’t look ‘feminine’ enough for them at the bathroom door, but when you stoke fear and hate, it’s only a matter of time before something worse happens.

  • Randy Riddle

    NC Republicans are using HB2, along with some proposed state constitutional amendments, to get out their extremist bigoted base to the polls in November. Some are saying that HB2 is the only reason they’ll be voting for our corrupt governor, even with the changes to the law that they see as horrendous since the sex change registry actually acknowledges that transgenders exist.

    There’s no use trying to use any kind of reason or logic about the law. Even the knuckle-draggers in the legislature know that major parts of HB2 won’t stand up in court. It’s just an election-year gay-bashing ploy to stir up hate.

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  • Larry_Roberts

    “So, in essence, North Carolina Republicans want trans people to register with the state, like animals” Just out of curiosity what animals are required to register with the state? Since they presumably cannot register themselves, who registers them? Otherwise, good article.

  • PattyJM

    There have been trans people since the dawn of the human race.

    Q. Where do you think those people have been peeing for all these years?
    A. Its the gender-appropriate restroom.

    Q. How many times have you heard about a trans woman doing anything inappropriate in the lady’s?
    A. Never. There are antisidcrimination laws in more than two hundred states, cities, counties and other administrative units. None – NONE – have had anyone doing anything inappropriate. Don’t take my word for it. Do your own research.

    As to perverts dressing up to enter the women’s restroom, again that has not happened. If it should ever happen existing laws against assault, voyeurism and the like remain in full effect.

    FYI Sex, sexual orientation and gender identity are distinctly different things, by the way.

    One last point. As mentioned, trans people have been using the restroom for centuries without difficulty. So why is this suddenly topic number one on every talk show? What has changed? The advice given to the Watergate reporters was “follow the money”. Who benefits from getting people such as yourself fired up over a non issue?

    Follow the money. Getting people riled up keeps the political contributions coming in and it ensures that the people will vote for Republicans.

  • Bob Kon

    Since the concern was always for Wives and daughters just who is checking whether a person in the STALL next to them had a penis or not? Are you republicans peaking or using cameras or you going to post a monitor at the rest room doors do a belt lifting peak? I mean really do we need this hate? the fears you present are cause and effect with your lies!

  • Bob Kon

    So again you disrespect those that feel of a opposite gender but can not afford its surgery? Can you for one moment stop the hate and disrespect ! We live in a diverse state, country & world learn to live and enjoy it!

    You have lost great deal of revenue and respect of & for our great state! FIX IT!

  • She already is.

  • JaneE

    Because you are afraid she will learn that people are different? Because she might think it was silly instead of disgusting?

    Be afraid of strangers who try to touch her, or get them to go with them, because those actions may well indicate they want to harm her, regardless of which sex does them, or where they are.

  • JaneE

    One of the frequent comments in favor of the original law was “if you have a penis, use the men’s room”. Because the idiots didn’t realize that reassignment surgery works exists, and can go either way?

    The new version of the law still means that if you are not totally gender conforming in appearance, you can and probably will be hassled on your way to pee. Given that transgender individuals are fairly rare, chances are that the ambiguous looking person in the restroom is just naturally that way, and they are probably a genetic match to the sex specified on the door. They could be a really successful drag queen or male impersonator, but if you can’t tell without checking their birth certificate, maybe you should just mind your own business.

  • “You can’t just say if someone decides to be a different sex they automatically become it that moment”

    The only ones claiming that are Republicans. No one just wakes up one morning and decides to be the opposite sex. It’s a long process involving a lot of counseling, hormone therapy, and eventually, in some cases, sex reassignment surgery.

    And, strangely enough, no one has noticed “perverts” in women’s clothes hanging around restrooms until now — oh, wait, they’re still not noticing because it’s not happening.

    You are, indeed, staggeringly ignorant on the issue, and seem to have swallowed the anti-trans talking points hook, line and sinker. Maybe you should try to learn a little bit about if before you make a fool of yourself again.

  • This is how Republicans understand the word “compromise.”

  • goulo

    “Then perverts left and right can pretend to be transvestite and go into the women’s bathroom.”

    Then why wasn’t that supposedly big problem of male rapists dressing up in women’s clothing and going into women’s restrooms happening before this bigoted law?

    The law is pure demagoguery exploiting people’s fear and bigotry. It’s a discriminatory “solution” to a non-existent problem. It’s a waste of legal and financial resources which could have been put to better use helping people instead of hurting people.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Well yes, you are really ignorant.

  • Sally

    So, think about this for a half second. I have a 7 year old grandSON. If we are at a mall and he has to pee, am I to let him go unaccompanied into the mens room to watch men pee in urinals? If we had this law, I could not take him into a STALL in the ladies room with me. And what about my gorgeous 5 year old grand daughter out with Grandpa. Is he supposed to let her go alone into the ladies room? These laws make no sense. Have you noticed trans people hanging out in restrooms, because i have not. People use the bathroom to do their business. Women’s rooms are all stalls. God, have we really come to this thanks to the religious RW idiots?

  • Kalil Chernov

    “As a man it scares me to think a women that I had relations with could secretly be a man.”
    The psychology of this fascinates me. This really is a real fear a lot of straight guys seem to have. Why? If you’re attracted to someone, enjoy their company, get physical and emotional pleasure from having sex with them, etc, what the eff does it matter what genitals they were born with or what chromosomes they have or whatever arbitrary label society wants to put on them? I really, truly don’t understand this.

    (Yah, I know, Forrest is a troll, and is now banned, but… This is a real and bizarre phenomenon…)

  • Forrest Welsh, we are not the government. This is a privately-owned blog, and the site owner can decide what he allows and what he does not. You may start your own blog and decide your own rules.
    Call it “censorship” if you wish, but Forrest Welsh, you are banned.

  • Forrest Welsh

    I have nothing against gays or transvestites. I’m from California, tons of gays here. You can’t just say if someone decides to be a different sex they automatically become it that moment. Then perverts left and right can pretend to be transvestite and go into the women’s bathroom. I’m not a female and maybe women don’t care if men go into their bathroom, but I know for a fact if I was a parent I’d be extremely uncomfortable with the thought. If anything, trans people should have to register their new sex but with a symbol on their identification to determine if they are trans or not. As a man it scares me to think a women that I had relations with could secretly be a man.

    I’m sorry if that’s offense. Just how I feel. Probably be censored anyways.

  • Kalil Chernov

    The big deal is that trans people aren’t ‘dudes wearing skirts’, and saying they are is both ignorant and offensive.

  • It shows a fundamental lack of any interest in understanding trans individuals, and seeks to force people back into the societally constructed binary choice. Can’t say I’m surprised.

  • Forrest Welsh

    Maybe I’m really ignorant but what is the big deal? If I had a kid daughter I wouldn’t want her in a bathroom with a bunch of dudes wearing skirts.

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