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Image Provided Is Lorreta Lynch, Attorney General of United States
~She is fighting for the Transgender Community~
Our people have suffered for some time now and most of it remained unknown. That is, until the LGBT community came into the national and worldwide spotlight. Despite our victories in the last few years attacks against us continue even in the light for all to see. At present, the spotlight on the LGBT community has been focused with tremendous strength at attacking the T - or Transgender - segment. Transgender people (both in America and the world) face some of the highest forms of oppression and discrimination in all avenues from basic living to housing and employment, etc. even with protections in place. The constant attacks against Transgender people is appalling and many have died already this year alone or been brutally injured. Sadly, the actions of those individuals who seek to do us harm or worse do not stand alone. In the United States there are some states that have introduced or created legislation that not only crosses the line, but outright stands against the very values and beliefs the USA was founded on by promoting state sponsored practices of inequality and discrimination.
On May 9, 2016, the United States Department of Justice answered by sueing Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina system, stating that House Bill 2 violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Violence Against Women Act. On the same day, North Carolina's governor and legislative leaders filed two separate lawsuits against the Department of Justice to defend the law.
The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, officially called An Act to Provide for Single-sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities in Schools and Public Agencies and to Create Statewide Consistency in Regulation of Employment and Public Accommodations, but commonly known as House Bill 2 or HB2, is an act passed in the U.S. state of North Carolina in 2016. It has been described as the most anti-LGBT legislation in the United States.
One contentious element of the law eliminates anti-discrimination protections for gay, transgender, genderqueer, and intersex people, and legislates that in government buildings, individuals may only use restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. This has been criticized because it prevents transgender people who do not or cannot alter their birth certificates from using the restroom consistent with their gender identity: in North Carolina, only people who undergo sex reassignment surgery can change the sex on their birth certificates, and outside jurisdictions have different rules, some more restrictive. The legislation changes the definition of sex in the state's anti-discrimination law to "the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person's birth certificate."
The act also prohibits municipalities in North Carolina from enacting anti-discrimination policies, setting a minimum wage above the statewide minimum, regulating child labor, or making certain regulations for city workers. The legislation also removes the statutory and common law private right of action to enforce state anti-discrimination statutes in state courts.
By the United States government suing North Caroline over their sugar coated right to discriminate the United States government has effectively set history into motion for Americans. Furthermore, the outcome of this case will set precedence to all future transgressions in America. Now we wait and see what happens at this pivotal moment for the Transgender community.
Excerpt from the Violence Against Women Act: "Lesbian, gay, bisexul and transgender survivors of violence experience the same rates of violence as straight individuals. However, LGBT survivors sometimes face discrimination when seeking help and protection. VAWA 2013 prohibits such discrimination to ensure that all victims of violence have access to the same services and protection to overcome trauma and find safety." - See also: Violence Against Women Act.
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Sources: C-Span Video, Wiki, N.C. House Bill 2