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Popular Porn Website Blocks North Carolina Users Until State Repeals Anti-LGBT Law

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Looks like North Carolinians are going to have a lot of time on their hands…

In late March, North Carolina Governor Patrick McCrory and the state Legislature passed a new law that has since been called “the most anti-LGBT bill in the country.”

House Bill 2, or HB2, which went into effect in April, is an attack on both LGBT rights and privacy, as well as a major encroachment on municipal powers. The law effectively prohibits people from using public bathrooms or changing facilities that do not match up with their “biological sex” as written on their birth certificates.

This regressive measure comes just one month after Charlotte, the state’s largest city, passed legal precedent protecting the rights and interests of LGBT individuals and businesses.

Even as anti-discrimination measures become increasingly popular across the country and give hope to a brighter and more inclusive future for the nation, laws such as HB2 permit legal discrimination that serves not only as an affront to LGBT citizens and allies everywhere, but also as an embarrassment for our government and society.

What’s worse, the bill was introduced, debated, and signed into law over the course of 12 brief hours during an unexpected special session — the Legislature’s first in 35 years. Furthermore, the law supersedes all local nondiscrimination measures. Clearly, the State’s priorities need some checking.

Several businesses and celebrities have since retaliated against North Carolina, but perhaps none has made such an impact as one very particular website.

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Source: Twitter @LogoTV @xhamstercom

Here’s how the pornography website xHamster has reacted to House Bill 2…

Since signing the bill into law, Governor Patrick McCrory has announced a new executive order that many are calling a save-face following the regressive piece of legislation.

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Credit: Win McNamee/ Getty Images

Executive Order 93 upholds House Bill 2’s “biological sex” ruling in public bathrooms and changing areas, but permits the private sector to establish its own policies.

Regarding the Order, American Civil Liberties Union representatives in North Carolina said it “fall[s] far short of correcting the damage done when [McCrory] signed the harmful House Bill 2 into law which stigmatizes and mandates discrimination against gay and transgender people. With this executive order, LGBT individuals still lack legal protections from discrimination, and transgender people are still explicitly targeted by being forced to use the wrong restroom.”

Though many have responded to the new discriminatory legislation, one of the most creative reactions has come from porn site xHamster, which has banned all users with North Carolina IP addresses since 12:30 PM on April 11.

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Source: Twitter @xhamstercom

These measures will stay in place until the State repeals HB2.

xHamster spokesman Mike Kulich said, “We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which xHamster.com does not tolerate. Judging by the stats of what you North Carolinians watch, we feel this punishment is a severe one. We will not standby and pump revenue into a system that promotes this type of garbage. We respect all sexualities and embrace them.”

By stats, Mr. Kulich is referring to the insightful data which shows that North Carolinians had 400,000 hits for “Transsexual” and 319,907 hits for “Gay” porn searches in March alone.

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