Privacy or Discrimination?

May 1, 2016

A country’s fight over bathrooms

In March, the state of North Carolina passed a law popularly known as the “Bathroom Bill” which prevents transgenders, but feel differently on the inside and relate more to the opposite gender) from using the bathroom of their choice. The passing of this law has become a hugely debated topic: was it a law about privacy or discrimination? Pat McCrory, the Governor of North Carolina, defended the bill and says it’s about privacy issues, but the U.S. Justice Department says it’s about discrimination.

So who’s right? The Governor of North Carolina and the U.S. Justice Department are suing each other and will be battling it out in court to see who is ultimately right. In the meantime, President Barack Obama has written a letter to all public school districts, formally telling them to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. If they do not, they could lose federal aid (or money from the government) for their school.

Update May 2016:

  • Update September 2016:

    • .Famous artists such as Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have canceled their scheduled concerts in North Carolina to protest what they feel is a discrimination law passed by the state government.

      Update June 2016:

      • Following the Obama administration’s letter to public schools about a student’s right to use the bathroom of their gender identity, 11 states sue the federal government.

      Update September 2016:

      • North Carolina is no longer suing the U.S. Federal government over its “Bathroom Bill” because it was costing North Carolina too much money.