HB2 cannot become a cancerous model that spreads throughout the country, or even one referenced abroad as a way to justify even more extreme forms of discrimination against the already marginalized LGBT community.
The law has its fans as well as its detractors. When the General Assembly convened on April 25 for the first day of the session, lawmakers saw dueling rallies -- both led by clergy -- outside of the state government complex.
Amidst the vitriol and lies being thrown around about trans people, I worry that a few basic principles have been lost. Here are five things to remember when talking, writing, or thinking about trans people.
I've watched as people have claimed my faith as a tool of harm against my trans* and genderqueer siblings. I've watched as men claimed to protect me, while really using my safety as a pawn in political games. Not in my name -- as a Christian or as a woman.
With an influx of policies impacting transgender people and transgender rights on the forefront of LGBT issues, more and more workplaces are expanding employee benefit offerings to create a more trans-friendly environment.
"Gender is how you see yourself on the inside, in your mind's eye. I don't think everyone identifies as just male and female. I think gender is a journey, for me at least. That is what I have struggled with for so long."
Trying to tackle "trans issues," as though that were somehow a simple topic, with a token character in a one-off episode generally ends up being problematic at best and outright harmful at worst, and this episode was no exception.
While every stance made against House Bill 2 marks a vital contribution in the movement against an unjust and discriminatory law, the calls by the representative bodies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are qualitatively different from those of businesses and private institutions.
The bill is about all public accommodations. This bill seeks to protect transgender people from discrimination in public spaces. This bill is about civil rights. Most of the opposition to the bill comes in the form of fear mongering.