Caitlyn Jenner is having none of Pat McCrory’s bigotry.
“In the private sector in North Carolina, she can go wherever the private sector wants her to,” McCrory said last week during a debate against his Democrat opponent, state Attorney General Roy Cooper when asked about Jenner. “If she’s going to a shower facility at [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] after running around the track, she’s going to use the men’s shower.”
The former Olympian took a swipe back at the transphobic governor on Instagram.
North Carolina passed the HB2 legislation, which prohibits trans people from using the public restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity, back in March, and Jenner spoke out against it shortly after.
“We all want safety and privacy in public bathrooms,” she wrote on her website. “But these anti-LGBT bills, like the ones in North Carolina and Mississippi, actually make us less safe, not more safe. They open the door to abuse, aggressive and confrontational behavior in bathrooms, and encourage strangers to demand that women and girls prove that they are actually female in order to use the restroom. No one wants that.”
HB2 has brought North Carolina very little but grief since it was passed just over six months ago. A slew of politicians, celebrities and businesses have boycotted or called out the state for the discriminatory law and some experts predict North Carolina could lose up to five billion dollars a year because of it.
The governor has personally faced a severe backlash for signing and defending HB2 and, ultimately, it might cost him his job. In fact, for the first time in 25 years, The Charlotte Observer is refusing to back the Republican politician for re-election. In a recent op-ed the paper’s editorial board noted, HB2 “was a hateful and self-defeating bill, and it will be McCrory’s legacy” and added “while the state’s and nation’s attention has rightfully been focused on HB2 since spring, McCrory’s lack of leadership and wrong-headed policies have been on display since his first year in Raleigh.”