Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the University of North Carolina system have chosen to obey a federal directive, maintaining school transgender policy that preceded HB2. McCrory has often reminded us that he was once the mayor of Charlotte before becoming Governor, so when Charlotte announced this week that they were defying his state’s anti-transgender law it sent him over the edge.
“Instead of providing reasonable accommodations for some students facing unique circumstances, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System made a radical change to their shower, locker room and restroom policy for all students,” said Graham Wilson, Press Secretary for Governor Pat McCrory told Fox46 Charlotte “This curiously-timed announcement that changes the basic expectations of privacy for students comes just after school let out and defies transparency, especially for parents. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System should have waited for the courts to make a decision instead of purposely breaking state law.”
The schools say that they have been trans-inclusive all along and most likey agree with McCrocy on one point, that they have been making special arrangements all along. Except those arrangements made by the schools integrated trans students, not segregated as McCrory would have.
Will NC Governor McCrory have police guard school bathrooms demanding birth certificates of the 329,000 students before entering? Or perhaps will McCrory activate the states National guard to enforce what the SC Cheif of police called an unneeded and unenforceable law? This line of thought may seem hyperbolic but given that the idea of a single trans person peeing so terrified and enraged the NC legislature that they passed HB2 in an emergency 10-hour secretive session, it’s not out of the question.
The charlotte observer reported that last month the UNC system told a federal court that it also won’t enforce HB2.
That came in a motion asking a federal court to halt civil proceedings against the university system while a higher court decides a separate case on transgender rights from Virginia.
In the Virginia case, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals deferred to the U.S. Department of Education’s position that transgender students should have access to bathrooms that match their gender identities, not their biological sex.
McCrory admitted when pressed by Chris Wallace that there has never been a case of a transgender person acting criminaly in the restroom
McCrory admitted when pressed by Chris Wallace that there has never been a case of a transgender person acting criminaly in the restroom in NC. So what really happens when transgender people are allowed to use the restroom that matches their gender expression? Nothing.