Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act?

So if you live anywhere in the United States you have certainly heard about this bill that was passed literally in the cover of night yesterday.

At around 9pm last night North Carolina governor Pat Mcrory signed House Bill 2 into law after it passed through the House of Representatives in a special session (meaning they pretty much held a session for the sole purpose of getting this law passed). What is House Bill 2 you ask? Sit back, this is not good. (I'm quoting text from this link to the exact wording.)

The lead text of the bill states:
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.
 "Providing" for single-sex multiple occupancy as if they were endanger of being wiped out. Like cities, schools, and public sites were just going to start changing every bathroom in sight to co-ed bathrooms. I guess they were worried about North Carolina becoming one giant mixed gender college dorm or something.

Here is how it defines sex:
Biological sex. – The physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person's birth certificate.
In short your birth certificate overrides any changes you have made through personal decisions and self discovery.

In regards to schools:
Single-Sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities. – Local boards of education shall require every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility that is designated for student use to be designated for and used only by students based on their biological sex.
That means that the board of education that governs any and all schools must designate every multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facility that is meant for student use as being either for males or females, based on your birth certificate.

Now there is one useful bit:
Accommodations Permitted. – Nothing in this section shall prohibit local boards of education from providing accommodations such as single occupancy bathroom or changing facilities or controlled use of faculty facilities upon a request due to special circumstances, but in no event shall that accommodation result in the local boards of education allowing a student to use a multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility designated under subsection (b) of this section for a sex other than the student's biological sex.
Meaning that boards of education can provide single occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, but they are explicitly not allowed for it to become a multiple occupancy. There is also similar language towards state government facilities. But probably the scariest part is this:
The provisions of this Article supersede and preempt any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or imposed by a unit of local government or other political subdivision of the State that regulates or imposes any requirement upon an employer pertaining to compensation of employees, such as the wage levels of employees, hours of labor, payment of earned wages, benefits, leave, or well-being of minors in the workforce.
In short even if local government has passed some measure to provide for spaces that allow transgender people to use the bathroom of the sex they identify with, this House Bill 2 overrides it. It might be worth mentioning that the city of Charlotte had such a measure coming into effect this coming April 1st. And it's also worth mentioning that governor Pat Mcrory used to be the mayor of Charlotte before becoming governor.

This is bad. Real bad.

There is genuinely no reason to put this bill through other than transphobia. Seriously what other reason is there to put this into law? To stop transgender people from using certain bathrooms. Bigotry plan and simple. No ones privacy was in danger. No ones security was in danger.

I looked up my state government site to see if my rep voted for it and thankfully she didn't, especially since she just took office barely a week ago. But in case you are from NC and are reading this here's a few links.

You can go to this link to see what district you are in and see who your representative is it.

Next you can to this link to see how your representative voted.

And if you find that your representative voted for it, then the final step is to SPEAK UP.

Call them. Write them. Email them. Let them know that they have just supported a measure that does absolutely nothing besides.

And then tell governor Mcrory about himself.

This can't stand people. This cannot be allowed to stand.