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Tell the House: Don't Remove LGBT Protections

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Anti-LGBT extremists in the General Assembly are at it again. This time they are threatening to call a $42,000-a-day special legislative session in order to override Charlotte's recently passed nondiscrimination ordinance, which protects LGBT people and others from discrimination in public accommodations.

Tell your House representative to oppose the special session and support laws that extend equal treatment to LGBT North Carolinians!

Charlotte's ordinance means that businesses open to the public must be equally accessible to LGBT individuals and cannot discriminate against anyone simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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By Susanna Birdsong, ACLU-NC Policy Counsel

North Carolina’s largest city affirmed a basic principle on Monday night: All people deserve to be treated fairly and protected by the law.

In a much-publicized vote, the Charlotte City Council expanded the city’s nondiscrimination law to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination in public accommodations. The vote means that businesses open to the public, public restrooms, taxi services, hotels and other public lodging, must be equally accessible to LGBT individuals, and cannot discriminate against people simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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CHARLOTTE – Tonight the Charlotte City Council voted to expand the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to prohibit discrimination in public accommodations based on familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. Among other things, the ordinance means that businesses open to the public – including public restrooms, taxi services, hotels and other public lodging – must provide equal treatment and access to people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

“With this vote, North Carolina’s largest city has affirmed that all people deserve to be treated fairly and protected by the law,” said Sarah Preston, acting Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina. “When a business decides to open its doors to the public, it should be open to everyone on the same terms. We applaud Charlotte’s council members for making their city more safe, welcoming, and inclusive, and we urge municipal leaders across the state to follow their example. Charlotte has full authority to enact this ordinance, and we hope the General Assembly will respect this local government’s decision to protect its residents and visitors from discrimination.”

RALEIGH – The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) is criticizing North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for opposing a Virginia transgender male student’s challenge to his high school’s discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. Gov. McCrory has said he will sign on to a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, that is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

“It’s shameful that Gov. McCrory has gone out of his way to launch a mean-spirited political attack on such vulnerable students,” said Sarah Preston, the ACLU-NC’s acting Executive Director. “Students who are transgender should be treated with respect and compassion – not discriminated against because of who they are. The ACLU stands up for the rights of all students to be free from discrimination, and we urge Gov. McCrory to rethink his misguided political attack on transgender youth.”     

In 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that effectively expels trans students from communal restrooms and requires them to use “alternative private” restroom facilities

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