NEWS BRIEF North Carolina lawmakers are reportedly considering changes to the state’s controversial bathroom bill, HB2, which bars transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity as opposed to their sex at birth. The bill prompted a massive backlash—with celebrities and businesses threatening to pull their projects from the state. Such criticisms appear to have resonated, as lawmakers are now meeting to draft legislation that would remedy those concerns.
The proposed “fix” now being circulated among Republican lawmakers would create an official document to recognize a person’s gender reassignment—one that would act as an alternative for anyone who comes from a state that does not allow changes to birth certificates at all.
But LGBT advocates were quick to point out that a majority of transgender people don’t actually undergo gender reassignment surgery, and would therefore still be barred from using government building bathrooms in North Carolina that match their gender identities.
As a result, some HB2 critics called the proposal “just another slap in the face to all North Carolinians,” according to The Charlotte Observer. But it’s not just LGBT advocates who are unhappy with the measure; the Observer adds that supporters of the so-called “bathroom bill” are upset about any possible revisions that might water the bill down. “We’d be opposed to any changes in the bill,” said Tami Fitzgerald, the executive director of the N.C. Values Coalition. “We believe the people of North Carolina have already spoken through their elected representatives.”