What will it take to get the North Carolina legislature to understand the isolating effects their controversial House Bill 2 passed March of this year?Officially known as the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, the law, which has been described as the most anti-LGBT piece of legislation in the country, is most infamous for preventing people from using any restroom or changing facility in public or government buildings that does not correspond with the sex they were assigned at birth. Specifically, in an otherwise progressive age of trans acceptance and rights, this law prohibits people who identify as another sex or who have transitioned to another sex from using the restroom they are most comfortable in. This means that even adults who have lived the majority of their lives as one sex are suddenly being forced to used the opposite sex's bathroom. Needless to say, the law has caused more than a little contention.Yet as the federal government and private companies have threatened the state with lawsuits or severed business ties, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has remained adamant about HB2, which he claims protects women and children from having predatory or voyeuristic transvestites—most often painted as bearded ladies—from harassing or violating them in bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.The most recent decision by the NBA, however, may finally start causing some real change to take place in the state. Here's what happened.
Credit: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images
Did it take cancelled athletics to make North Carolina respect human rights?