FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 23, 2019

Adam Polaski | 610.306.7956 | adam@southernequality.org

Settlement Brings Relief to Transgender North Carolinians While Highlighting the Vital Work Ahead to Protect LGBTQ People Statewide

Today a federal judge approved a settlement in a years-long case against North Carolina House Bill 142. The agreement bars the state of North Carolina from citing HB142 to bar transgender people in NC from using public restrooms and government building restrooms that align with their gender identity. HB142 replaced the insidious House Bill 2, which passed in 2016 to restrict restroom access for transgender North Carolinians and ignited a national discussion about dignity and equality for transgender people.

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, based in Asheville, NC, said today:

“This settlement is a significant step forward for North Carolina in our years-long fight for equality for all LGBTQ people across the state, and we applaud the brave plaintiff and legal teams at Lambda Legal and the ACLU of North Carolina for their leadership in court. Today, we celebrate a step forward, and we’re grateful for every North Carolinian, including so many grassroots leaders, for resisting this oppressive law. 

“At the same time, the agreement does not address the other elements of HB142, such as the preemption of municipalities from passing local policies protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. On top of that, North Carolina lacks statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. We need these protections urgently, as we continue to hear stories of LGBTQ people who face discrimination at work, while seeking housing, or in the public square. Under HB142, local governments are forbidden from protecting their own residents from discrimination until December 2020, and that’s just not right. 

“We continue to call for the full and immediate repeal of every provision of HB 142 and we’ll keep fighting for a North Carolina in which people never face discrimination because of who they are or who they love.” 

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Based in Asheville, NC, the Campaign for Southern Equality works for full LGBTQ equality across the South. Our work is rooted in commitments to equity in race, gender and class. http://www.southernequality.org