The Justice Department ruled that North Carolina’s HB2 bill is a violation of constitutional rights. Well, zippy-do-da. This comes off the Federal 4th Circuit’s decision in the state of Virginia, which said a case should be remanded back to a lower Court in where a transgender should be able to use the restroom and locker room of her expressed identity. Previously, a schoolboard had denied her that privilege and a state court upheld the schoolboard’s decision.
North Carolina is somewhat different. Added to the “bathroom” bill are two other laws: one designed to stop municipalities from increasing their local minimum wage and another striking down long established law allowing employees to sue for discrimination in state courts.
And, while it’s all well and good to argue over where someone urinates—the tragedy in North Carolina is that HB2 hurts the very least and most economically vulnerable among us.
Over a month- and- a- half has gone by and I’ve yet to see any significant media attention given to the other parts of HB2. I can’t help but think that’s for a reason.
It’s easy to slap a transgender up on TV and have her talk about where she wants to pee’s but it’s a lot harder talking about the burden of proof and the difference between state and Federal court systems—let alone the cost associated with each.
Sadly, most media take the path of least resistance and go with the former.
Frankly, I could care less where or when a person uses the restroom. But, I do care about North Carolina’s economic viability and the economic struggles of those who make the least—and sometimes work the hardest. Sadly, those issues aren’t sexy enough to lead on the six o’clock news.
For example, the cost associated with concerts that have been lost due to HB2 and the impact on contractors who work those concerts such as t-shirts vendors, custodians and handlers haven’t been mentioned.
It also doesn’t set well with me that as portions of HB2 are stuck down at the Federal level—it still leaves the most damaging parts still in place.
The real winners in all of this will be the organizations and politicians that are fundraising and making money off the transgender bathroom issue. Until the other issues in HB2 are addressed, the argument is incomplete.