We have a crucial fight on our hands in this country. Discrimination on any level is unacceptable. We have come so far with marriage equality but the backlash has resulted in over 200 state discriminatory bills against out LGBT community. Governor Pat McCrory has now filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice in an attempt to recklessly defend North Carolina's vile anti-transgender law HB2. Within hours the DOJ responded by filing a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina for violating the Civil Rights Act & the Violence Against Women Act by implementing this hateful law. At the same time in the California Assembly bills were passed to combat this unacceptable discrimination. One would prohibit state-funded or sponsored travel to a state after June 26, 2015 that has enacted a law that voids or repeals existing state or local protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression or has enacted a law that authorizes or requires discrimination against gay & lesbian couples or their families on those bases. The other would enact the most progressive statewide restroom access policy in the nation, requiring all single-occupancy restrooms in businesses, government buildings & places of public accommodation to be available to everyone. Restricting access to single-occupancy restrooms by gender creates problems of safety, fairness & convenience for LGBT people & many others, including families & people with disabilities. The DOJ needs to follow California’s example & make this progressive legislation the law of the land.
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