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Charlotte Talks: Two Years After HB2 Rollback, Where Do Things Stand For Transgender Community?

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Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

The biggest names in the NBA roll into Charlotte this week for the All-Star Game, two years after House Bill 2 got in the way. That law may be gone, but what is the state of transgender rights in North Carolina and nationwide?

Athletic organizations, including the NBA, sided with the transgender community as North Carolina lawmakers approved HB2 in 2016. The league withdrew the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in response to the law, which quickly became part of a national conversation about transgender rights.

HB2 was replaced in 2017 with another law that faces a legal challenge. The replacement law, House Bill 142, set a moratorium on local nondiscrimination ordinances in North Carolina until 2020, meaning the state will soon have to confront how far local officials can go in extending LGBT protections.

On the national level, the Supreme Court has, at least temporarily, allowed President Trump's ban on transgender military service, months after the administration signaled its intent to continue rolling back protections for transgender Americans.

Where do things stand now for the transgender community, in North Carolina and beyond?


Ames Simmons, policy director, Equality NC (@ames_simmons)

Mara Keisling, founder and executive director, National Center for Transgender Equality (@MaraKeisling)