Sigh . . . Where do we begin with commentary about North Carolina’s bigoted anti-LGBT bill, signed into law by Republican governor Pat McCrory late Wednesday . . .
He claims he did it to prevent men from using women’s public washrooms and locker rooms. But the bill goes much deeper than that: it appears to be a broad swipe at all LGBT people, not just trans people. It is about much more than washrooms and locker rooms.
HRC points out ” the law passed doesn’t include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.”
So, what the bill has done is allow people/businesses to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people because of their sexual orientation, and against trans people who have not fully transitioned to the point where they have had their birth certificates changed to reflect their gender identity.
And it is also forcing some institutions to make some trans men (who haven’t changed their birth certificates) use the women’s facilities, a concept largely overlooked by hysterical right-wingers who worry that male pedophiles and rapists will pose as trans women to gain access to women’s facilities — even though there is little or no precedence for such criminal activity.
Yes, there will now be some burly, muscular deep-voiced trans men using women’s public washrooms, and some attractive trans women using men’s public washrooms.
Here’s something for right-wing parents to worry about: their lads may encounter trans chicks in their school washrooms; their daughters may encounter trans guys in their school washrooms. Think of the love that might bloom, because kids usually haven’t been tainted by bigotry and are much more accepting of people in general.
As you may know by now, the backlash against McCory and his cronies is growing. Big business is decrying the bill, and some will no doubt pull their business out of the state. North Carolina may also lose billions in federal funding . . . and on and on it goes.
It is a safe bet that North Carolina will have to backtrack on the bill, or will see it challenged in court, where it will surely lose.
Meanwhile, the state’s name has become synonymous with the word “Bigot.” It is the laughingstock of the United States, and only one step removed from being a satellite of ISIS.
Yes, ISIS, because let’s face it: the bigotry of ISIS and North Carolina all come from the same dark well of ignorance, stupidity and hate.
That’s what North Carolina’s bill is all about: hate.
Make no mistake about it.
— Jillian Page