North Carolina’s infamous “bathroom” law has been a frequent topic of national conversation. Everyone from the NBA to Michael Jordan has spoken out against the law. The NBA threatened to remove its All-Star Game weekend festivities in 2017, which was set to take place in Charlotte. Even Beyonce has spoken out against the law after she performed in the state last night.
“Many artists have taken public stances against HB2, most recently Beyoncé. “As The Formation World Tour makes its stop in the Tar Heel state in the midst of such a controversial time, we think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy,” Beyoncé wrote on Tuesday, making note of local organization Equality NC.”
Fervor from so many people got so loud, the Justice Department took a look at the law and determined it was a violation of the Civil Rights Act.
“North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law is a direct violation of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, the Justice Department ruled Wednesday. Gov. Pat McCrory has until Monday to formally denounce the controversial House Bill 2 (HB2), the Charlotte Observer reports. McCrory’s office was notified of the department’s decision with a letter stating that HB2 violates Title IX of the act, which protects citizens from education discrimination based on sex.”
The Executive Director of Equality NC, a group that “aims to secure “equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians,” said the law was “deeply discriminatory” and he urged for Gov. Pat McCrory to “repeal the law immediately.”
SOURCE: Complex | PHOTO: Getty