Call me old-fashioned, but this is getting a little bit outta hand. Transgenders having open access to whatever bathroom suits their mood is ridiculous! First another new word. Come on, you have to keep up here. Transphobic like Islamophobic means you are either a racist, a bigot, an imbecile or just a plain old hater. Got it?
An ordinance passed in February by the Charlotte City Council was supposed to take effect April 1 that expanded protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity for treatment at hotels and restaurants. It took a special session, but North Carolina passed a law protecting businesses from being sued for failing to provide accommodations for LGBT. Critics focused on the ability of transgender people to use the bathroom or locker rooms aligned with their gender identity.
North Carolina Democrats walked out en masse and the remaining Republicans passed it 32-0. Mission accomplished, common sense prevails. Huffington Post senior editor Chloe Angyal called “It a banner week for transphobic bigots”. On the other side, WFAE’s reporter Sarah Delia, told NPR back in February,
“I’m not scared of transgenders. That’s not what I think the problem is. Sexual predators are not good people,” Burton said. “They don’t do the right thing. They’re going to see this ordinance as a golden opportunity for fresh victims — our children. My 16-year-old daughter swims at The Y year-round. I’m not going to be able to confidently continue to allow her to use that locker room if this passes.”
Well Delia and her daughter are ok because the NC legislature overturned the law in special session. Houston has defeated it also, but common sense is an uphill battle these days in case you haven’t noticed.
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