North Carolina Repeals Transgender Bathroom Law

Regarding the March 31 news article "HB2 off the books as Cooper signs repeal": I am extremely disappointed that the so-called repeal of House Bill 2 still limits local government's ability to pass nondiscrimination or living wage ordinances for four years.

The NCAA boycotted SC through the previous 15 years, in response to the Confederate flag that flew at the Statehouse.

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement on the North Carolina Legislature's Repeal of HB2. It is a bill.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD released the following statement after the North Carolina state legislature approved a "repeal" of its HB2 law, a last-minute maneuver that only further marginalizes and endangers the transgender community while also nixing any opportunity to add more protections for LGBTQ North Carolinians across the state.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the bill was passed with bipartisan support, passing the North Carolina House by a 70-48 margin and the North Carolina Senate by a count of 32-16. The NCAA is set to select sites for championships in the 2018-2022 seasons next week. That's a morale boost for a state that prides itself on college sports. He said he doubts the law's replacement will lift the perceived cloud over his small business or others statewide.

"In a ideal world, we would have repealed HB2 today and added full statewide protections for LGBT North Carolinians", Cooper said. It also leaves policy on public restrooms to state legislators - not local government or school officials.

The ACC and NCAA considered HB 2 discriminatory against LGBT people, and both sports governing bodies had removed all neutral-site championship events from North Carolina while HB 2 remained law. He and about 50 others performed again Thursday evening across the street to oppose Cooper's signing of the new bill. She complained that transgender people were left out of the negotiations. "Instead, they're reinforcing the worst aspects of the law".

The ACLU said it's continuing its legal battle on behalf of transgender residents. Emmert said the NCAA Board of Governors will meet within "the next handful of days" to determine if the ban will be lifted.

The stakes are high. Earlier this week, The Associated Press estimated that the revenue lost due to HB2 could exceed $3.7 billion over a 12-year period if the last was not overturned.

"Now the question is. whether or not this new bill has changed the landscape sufficiently that the board's comfortable in returning to North Carolina".

But some companies responded negatively, such as the Durham-based advertising agency McKinney. "This new bill continues to stand in the way of that", McKinney CEO Brad Brinegar said. This should guarantee that entities such as the National Basketball Association and NCAA don't treat North Carolina differently than they would any other state, he said. "We can't control what states' laws are, nor should we".

Last year's cancellations included a Greensboro concert by Bruce Springsteen.

LGBT groups and other HB2 critics said the deal is a "repeal" in name only - with one advocate calling it "HB2.0". "They're not fooling the NCAA or anybody", he wrote. "It's obviously just there to try to make the NCAA basketball people happy".

  • Salvatore Jensen