There is so much misinformation out in the media (including social media). This is particularly true of HB2 (North Carolina House Bill 2) recently signed into law. It is not an anti transgender or LGBT discriminatory issue. It simple says the men can’t go in women’s facilities. It does not apply to businesses.
But there’s even more to consider. Advocacy groups report that, in the United States, nearly 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 8 high school girls have been sexually assaulted. For many of them, the mere presence of a biological man in a women’s restroom is a trigger that causes severe emotional and mental harm – regardless of that man’s intentions.
Policies permitting access to restrooms, locker rooms, and changing rooms based on a person’s gender identity, rather than their biological sex, are being enacted across the country. These policies open up private facilities to members of the opposite sex as part of an effort to push a political agenda. But showering, changing, and using the restroom should be first and foremost about privacy and safety, not advancing a political agenda. Not only do these policies strip away our privacy, a constitutional right that has been recognized by courts across the country, but they compromise safety because individuals will take advantage of these policies by claiming to identify as the opposite sex in order to gain access to these private facilities.