Going to the bathroom has suddenly become a political act for transgender people. In response to growing public acceptance of transgender people and increasing equality for LGBT Americans, legislators in states across the country have introduced about 200 anti-LGBT bills this year designed to legalize and foster discrimination.
Dozens of the bills under consideration are so-called “bathroom bills,” which seek to exclude transgender people from accessing vital, daily facilities like restrooms. Recently, North Carolina became the first state to adopt such legislation. The legislation, HB 2, was pushed through after the city of Charlotte adopted LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination protections that would have protected LGBT individuals from discrimination in city contracting and public accommodations.
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