Article Title:American (Wrong) Way
Author or Credit:Craig Young
Published on:11th April 2016 - 12:43 pm
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Story ID:18154
Text:In the United States, several US states have passed either service provider discrimination or anti-transgender legislation recently. Here's a brief summary of the offending states.   Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory Three states are the primary offenders in this context- North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee. North Carolina has state anti-discrimination legislation, but it is restricted to religion, "colour", national origin, age, sex or "handicap" (sic) but excludes sexual orientation and gender identity. Until recently however, several progressive local authorities did have civic ordinances that banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity- the Counties of Buncombe, Mecklenberg and Orange, and the towns of Boone, Charlotte, Asheville, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Raleigh. In addition, the Counties of Durham and Guilford and the towns of Bessemer City, Durham, High Point and Winston-Salem all banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation alone. All that changed when the North Carolina legislature passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. It prevents transgender children and adolescents from using gender-appropriate changing rooms and school and public toilets, as well as striking down the aforementioned counties and municipalities local inclusive civil ordinances relative to the state's more constricted conservative version. Better known as House Bill 2, this vile piece of discriminatory legislation has provoked a storm of controversy. Republican Governor Pat McCrory and Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper have clashed over House Bill 2. The Obama administration is threatening North Carolina with curtailment of federal infrastructure expenditure if HB2 is enforced, and there is escalating private sector opposition to the legislation from businesses such as Red Hat, Dow Chemical, Biogen, Wells Fargo, American Airlines, Paypal, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter and IBM. Lionsgate and A  
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