North Carolina's HB2 Controversy, Transgender Legislation, and Litigation
April 25, 2016•36 min
North Carolina’s House Bill 2, better known as the “Bathroom
Law”, has taken center stage and has created a great debate. On
March 23, 2016, Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Public Facilities
Privacy and Security Act, also known as House Bill 2 or HB2. The
law bans people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex
indicated on their birth certificates, which opponents argue is
discriminatory toward the transgender community.
Supporters of the new law say it is a safety and privacy issue,
protecting women and children from men who use the law as a
pretense to deliberately enter the wrong restroom. Legislation
involving the transgender community is not only happening in the
state of North Carolina, but Mississippi and Tennessee have pushed
similar legislation as well.
On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts J.
Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi join Ilona
Turner, legal director at the Transgender Law
Center, Andrew Beckwith, president of
the Massachusetts Family Institute and Professor Katie Eyer
from Rutgers Law School as they take a look at North Carolina's HB2
controversy, reaction, litigation surrounding HB2, anti-LGBT
discrimination bills and LGBT protections nationally, and the quest
for equal rights for the transgender community.
Ilona Turner was a staff attorney at the
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), where her work
frequently focused on issues affecting transgender clients. She
previously practiced law at Cohen, Weiss, & Simon LLP in New
York City, representing unions, union-run health and retirement
plans, and employees. In the early 2000s she worked as the lobbyist
for Equality California, where she helped to shepherd
groundbreaking legislation that prohibited housing and employment
discrimination against transgender people and dramatically expanded
the rights of domestic partners in California.
Andrew Beckwith is a graduate of Gordon College
and the University of Minnesota Law School. Andrew is a judge
advocate in the United States Marine Corps Reserve where he holds
the rank of major. He has also served as an immigration trial
attorney for the Boston office of the Department of Homeland
Katie Eyer joined the Rutgers law faculty as an
assistant professor in June 2012. Katie also litigated civil rights
cases prior to entering academia full time, and secured a number of
precedents in the Third Circuit expanding the legal rights of LGBT
and disabled employees.
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