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The list of people and organizations that have spoken out against North Carolina's HB2 law, often known as the state's "bathroom bill" for its policy that dictates which restroom transgender people should use in government buildings and public schools, just keeps growing: The CEOs of more than 200 corporations. The NCAA and the NBA. Musicians who have condemned the law or cancelled shows over it, including Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr.
Earlier this week, the NCAA and ACC decided to pull their conferences out of North Carolina, citing the controversial bathroom bill as the reason for their decision. North Carolina State Sen. Tamara Barringer is a Republican who voted for the bill in March, but has since called on lawmakers to repeal the bill. She is one of two Republican senators in the state to do so. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Barringer about why she made that decision.Read more
Philip Wegmann / August 19, 2016
Biological sex will no longer determine restroom accessibility in thousands of federally operated facilities across the country.
A new regulation from the Obama administration allows individuals to use whatever bathroom they decide is consistent with their gender identity when visiting or working at properties managed by the General Services Administration, the government agency responsible for managing federal workspaces.
The new bathroom mandate was added to the Federal Register Thursday, a GSA spokesman told The Daily Signal, “clarifying that the nondiscrimination requirement includes gender identity as a prohibited basis of discrimination.”
The regulation promises to bring sweeping change. It applies to the approximately 9,200 properties managed by the GSA nationwide, an expansive federal list that includes post offices, courthouses, research laboratories, and administrative offices that house agencies like the Social Security Administration.
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) is a proposed New York law which adds gender identity and expression as a protected class in the state's human rights and hate crimes laws, prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and other areas, and providing enhanced penalties for bias-motivated crimes. It was first introduced in both the Assembly and Senate in 2003 and has been passed for the 9th time in the Assembly, but has never come to a vote on the floor of the State Senate.
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