Washington, D.C. — Today, the American Civil Liberties Union and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) announced a proposed consent decree that would allow transgender people in North Carolina to use public restrooms that match their gender identity. Gov. Cooper also issued an executive order that would bar state agencies and those who contract with the state from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
In response, Laura E. Durso, vice president of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Discrimination on the basis of gender identity has no place in North Carolina or in any state in the union. While state law still does not fully protect transgender people from discrimination, this executive order and potential settlement agreement begin to redress the wrongs done by H.B. 2 and should signal to other executives the importance of taking proactive steps on behalf of their LGBTQ constituents.
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