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Settlement Expands Transgender Restroom Rights In North Carolina

Jul 23, 2019
RUSTY JACOBS / WUNC

RALEIGH -- A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings.

North Carolina is being sued again over its treatment of transgender people, as state employees argue their health plan violated federal law by dropping coverage of medically necessary procedures.

A ban on New York state-funded travel to North Carolina is complicating matters for state college swimmers heading south for an NCAA championship meet.

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After the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2 nearly three years ago, the NBA canceled its All-Star Game that was supposed to be held in Charlotte in 2017.

Raleigh police say two women sexually assaulted a transgender woman at a bar in December.

News outlets report 38-year-old Amber Harrell and 31-year-old Jessica Fowler are charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery. Both were released on a $50,000 and a $30,000 bond respectively.

The lingering fallout from North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill" may force a new Netflix series about the state's Outer Banks to film in South Carolina.

Show creator Jonas Pate tells The StarNews of Wilmington that Netflix has picked up "OBX," with filming slated to begin this spring. He says the streaming service passed on filming in North Carolina because of a clause in HB2's replacement that halts new local antidiscrimination ordinances until 2020.

HB2 and HB142
Tom Bullock / WFAE

More than 1 ½ years since North Carolina's "bathroom bill" was repealed, Charlotte is spending millions to try to attract the visitors turned off by the measure seen as allowing discrimination against LGBTQ residents.

HB2 and HB142
Tom Bullock / WFAE

A lawsuit challenging the replacement for House Bill 2 — known as the "bathroom bill" — is moving forward, with a judge finding evidence that transgender plaintiffs are being harmed by a prohibition on new local antidiscrimination laws.

Jorge Valencia / WFAE

Transgender plaintiffs who think the compromise that replaced North Carolina's so-called "bathroom bill" is still discriminatory are heading back to court.

A deal was announced this week to end litigation over legislation that replaced House Bill 2. The proposal would allow transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity…that is only in agencies that are under the governor’s control. But the settlement is missing the approval of one notable defendant: the state legislature. It would also need the approval of a judge. 

Shannon Gilreath, a law professor at Wake Forest University, talks about the deal and an executive order associated with it.   

Cooper Expands Transgender Protections, Offers Settlement Of Lawsuit Over HB2 Replacement

Oct 18, 2017
WUNC-TV

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper launched a two-part strategy Wednesday that could end protracted litigation over the state's so-called bathroom bill and its replacement, while expanding LGBT protections lawmakers aren't inclined to endorse.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

The ACLU and Lambda Legal have filed a revised lawsuit that says transgender people in North Carolina are still harmed under the law that replaced HB2.

Bank of America sign
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

One of the nation's largest gay rights groups plans to turn down $325,000 from Bank of America this year. That's because of the bank's role in brokering a compromise, which the group opposes, to repeal HB2. 

Several progressive and Democratic groups have organized the first candidate forum of Charlotte's upcoming mayoral race. The forum will feature all three of the Democratic candidates who've announced plans to run.

The NBA’s commissioner says it’s not a done deal, but Charlotte is again “eligible” to host the NBA all star game after the repeal and replacement of House Bill 2. In other headlines Sunday: Mecklenburg County Democrats picked Jane Whitley as chair at their convention Saturday. Meanwhile, both the Charlotte Knights and Charlotte Checkers had big wins Saturday.

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One HB 2 related boycott has come to an end. The NCAA announced Tuesday North Carolina can again host championship events. However, the league wrote the decision was a "reluctant one."

College sports do bring big money to the state. But have nowhere near the economic impact of boycotts by business.

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The NCAA says its board of governors has "reluctantly" agreed to resume scheduling college sporting events in North Carolina after last week's repeal and replacement of the controversial House Bill 2.

Now that House Bill 2 is no longer on the books, NCAA and ACC leaders are assessing whether the law that replaces it is enough of a change to bring championship games back to North Carolina. NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday night the NCAA should know for sure by early next week.  

Governor Roy Cooper
WRAL.com

House Bill 2 is no longer on the books. Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill Thursday afternoon to repeal and replace the controversial law. The measure easily passed the state House and Senate earlier in the afternoon. Those who oppose the repeal include people who both supported and opposed House Bill 2.

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The North Carolina House of Representatives followed the Senate's lead Thursday afternoon, voting 70-48 to repeal and replace the controversial House Bill 2.  It passed the Senate earlier, 32-16. Although some thought the votes would be close, House Bill 142 passed in both houses with support from both Democrats and Republicans.

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