Hundreds of businesses from around the country have put pressure on North Caroline to repeal their discriminatory HB2 law, but it took severe pressure form the NBA for the House to make revisions. The North Carolina House of Representatives are drafting changes to take back portions of the bill that ban transgender men and women to use bathrooms that correlate to their gender.
New legislation would make transgender men and women to hold an official document that would identify a person’s reassigned gender.
“An individual who (i) was born in another state or territory of the United States that does not provide a mechanism for amending a current certificate of birth or issuing a new certificate of birth to change the sex of an individual following sex reassignment surgery and (ii) resides in this State at the time of the written application may request a certificate of sex reassignment from the State Registrar,” the legislation reads. “The State Registrar shall issue a certificate of sex reassignment upon a written application from an individual accompanied by a notarized statement from the physician who performed the sex reassignment surgery or from a physician licensed to practice medicine who has examined the individual and can certify that the person has undergone sex reassignment surgery.”
Additionally the new bill would allow for anti-discrimination protections. According to WBTV: “The draft bill also amends portions of HB2 related to protections for employees by adding specific references to federal statutes that provide special protections for certain groups of people. Other changes in the draft legislation increase the penalties for suspects convicted of committing certain offenses in a multi-person bathroom or changing facility.”
Surprisingly, the heaviest pressure has reportedly came from the NBA who is planning on hosting the 2017 NBA All Star Game, but has received serious pressure to pull the event due to the anti-LGBT legislation.