More news about the Bathroom Bill
Imagine if the government regulated every moment of your life. From the smallest actions like what you eat and where you go to the bathroom, it makes sense that Uncle Sam has interest in the public health and sanitation, but when is enough enough?
North Carolina’s so-called “Bathroom Bill,” the House Bill 2 that was passed in March, forces transgender people to only use public restrooms and changing rooms that match their sex as stated on their birth certificates, and it has subsequently sent the nation into a raging debate about who has the right to “go” and where.
While many have rallied behind North Carolina’s measures to sustain the integrity of our binary conception of sex and gender, as well as to protect women and children who, they insist, will soon become the victims of crossdressing male perverts should transgender people be allowed to use the bathroom of their choosing, others have reprimanded the state for its prejudiced and antiquated manner of thinking, leading to financial and commercial loss from major corporations.
Now, the Federal Government has weighed in on the issue, and it has North Carolina politicians on the defensive.
House Bill 2
In March, a special session of the North Carolina General Assembly met to put together and push through House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which Governor Pat McCrory signed into law just hours later.
The governor later tweeted, “Ordinance defied common sense, allowing men to use women’s bathroom/ locker room for instance. That’s why I signed bipartisan bill to stop it.” In fewer than 140 characters, the top elected official in a state of more than 10 million people showed his blatant disregard for the existence of trans people, who make up no less than an estimated 0.3%, or nearly 1 million people, of the population of the United States.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Following an eerily similar history of segregation and discrimination in public spaces such as bathrooms, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark piece of legislation that firmly defined the American ideal of equality under the eyes of the law by prohibiting prejudice based on sex, race, color, religion, or national origin.
Luckily, protestors and others who disapproved of House Bill 2 were not the only ones who realized it was likely in violation of the Civil Rights Act, which could make the State lose hundreds of millions in federal funding.