Backward bathroom bill becomes law

North Carolina introduces new restrictions for transgender people

Patrick Holmes

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In June 2015, the Supreme Court announced the legalization of same-sex marriage across all 50 states. Though this announcement seemed a success, there was still a large part of the United States that was not celebrating.

Closing in on nearly a year since the decision, mostly southern states have made it their mission to find any loopholes that would allow them to discriminate against the LGBT community. And there have been plenty of opportunities for the conservatives of the South to exploit.

In late March, Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina signed a bill into law that would make it illegal for transgender people to use the bathroom of the sex they identify with, according to CNN.

After hearing about this outrageous attempt at discrimination, I figured it would progress with the ideas of other close-minded individuals. Not surprisingly, there are currently five other states considering the same law, according to The Washington Post.

Even though other states are considering this law as well, these leaders, whose actions speak loud and clear, don’t realize that they use the same bathroom as the opposite sex every day of their lives. But using a unisex bathroom doesn’t seem so radical, especially because the bathrooms in our homes are for both sexes, whether it be family, friends or even a new aquaintance.

The basis for the introduction of this bathroom bill is the sheer ignorance and misunderstanding of the LGBT community, specifically of people who identify as transgender. Some people choose to think that identifying in any other way besides cis gender links back to perversion. I don’t know where this idea comes from but it seems that being uneducated leads to lack of understanding.

Just a few days ago, after the law passed in N.C., the president of Duke University called for a repeal of the “bathroom law,” according to The Washington Post. This followed many other boycotts from the state from many well-known companies and celebrities including Pearl Jam, Cyndi Lauper, and PayPal.

Even after the recent boycotts that would make N.C. in difficult territory, McCrory has not done or said anything to diffuse the situation. That being said, it seems that southern states need to realize that LGBT rights are not going away and that we are people too.

The boycott from so many companies is terrible for the  state’s economy and can potentially affect how the state will be run. Raleigh has lost $3 million due to the discriminatory law, according to LGBTQ Nation. Moreover, this should be a wake up call to other states that are considering the same law, as they should not want this to happen to them as well.

Hopefully, McCrory will see the error of his ways and understand the consequences of his actions. Maybe he will understand that what the people want is greater than what he wants. The fight for equality is nowhere near over and this is just another example of that dilemma.