LGBT Rights Tag - ACLU of North Carolina http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/Latest.html Mon, 22 May 2017 13:17:29 -0400 en-gb NCAA Awards Championship Events to North Carolina Despite Anti-LGBT Law http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/ncaa-awards-championship-events-to-north-carolina-despite-anti-lgbt-law.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/ncaa-awards-championship-events-to-north-carolina-despite-anti-lgbt-law.html

RALEIGH, N.C. — The NCAA announced today that they will be returning championship events to sites in North Carolina for the first time since the state passed sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in 2016. The original law, HB 2, was replaced last month by a new law, HB 142, which continues to discriminate against transgender people.

“North Carolina’s new law does nothing to guarantee that LGBT people will be protected from discrimination” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project. “When the NCAA originally withdrew events from North Carolina, they did so because they claimed to care about ‘fairness and inclusion’ for college athletes and fans. It’s a shame to see that those concerns have already fallen by the wayside.”

HB 142 prevents state agencies, public schools, and local governments from adopting policies ensuring that transgender people can access restrooms matching their gender. Without such protections, people cannot fully participate in public life. HB 142 also says that local governments cannot pass ordinances protecting LGBT people — or anyone else — from discrimination in employment or public places until 2020.

Earlier this month, the ACLU filed public records requests with North Carolina cities and universities seeking documentation that could demonstrate how they would guarantee a nondiscriminatory environment for LGBT people if they are selected to host NCAA events. Thus far, none of the cities or universities selected today by the NCAA have responded. 

Last week, the ACLU delivered over 77,000 petition signatures to the NCAA urging the organization to keep events out of North Carolina.

Anti-LGBT legislators have already signaled their intent to build off of the passage of HB 142 to pass laws that more explicitly target transgender people for using restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

“We have yet to see any evidence showing how the NCAA can ensure basic nondiscrimination protections for these events,” said Sarah Gillooly, policy director for the ACLU of North Carolina. “And that’s because a nondiscriminatory environment can’t exist in a state where official policy singles out transgender people and perpetuates the notion that they should not participate fully in public life.”

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) LGBT Rights Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:10:53 -0400
ACLU Seeks Documents from Potential NCAA Host Sites in North Carolina Clarifying Protections for LGBT People http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-seeks-documents-from-potential-ncaa-host-sites-in-north-carolina-clarifying-protections-for-lgbt-people.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-seeks-documents-from-potential-ncaa-host-sites-in-north-carolina-clarifying-protections-for-lgbt-people.html

RALEIGH — The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina are seeking documents from cities and educational institutions throughout North Carolina to establish how those venues intend to guarantee a nondiscriminatory environment for LGBT people if they are chosen to host NCAA events.

The NCAA announced this week that they would consider venues in North Carolina for NCAA championship host sites in response to the passage of HB 142, even though the HB 2 replacement leaves LGBT people, particularly transgender people, subject to discrimination.  It also said that potential host sites in North Carolina would be “required to submit additional documentation demonstrating how student-athletes and fans will be protected from discrimination.”

The ACLU’s public records requests were served late yesterday to Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Cary, and Greenville, as well as the following public universities:

  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina-Asheville
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • Western Carolina University

The ACLU is requesting all information pertaining to potential applications for consideration to host NCAA championship events.

“We’re filing these public records requests because the LGBT community deserves clarity on how these sites can guarantee a nondiscriminatory environment in light of the passage of HB 142,” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project. “Transparency is essential given that the backroom deals around HB 142 have only resulted in a status quo that continues to subject trans student-athletes, coaches, and fans to discrimination.”

Under HB 142 itself, schools, state or local government buildings throughout the State of North Carolina cannot have policies giving transgender people access to the appropriate restrooms.  Without such protections, transgender people cannot go to school, work, or attend sporting events and other public activities.

ACLU of North Carolina Policy Director Sarah Gillooly said, “The NCAA must stand by its word and demand documentation of basic nondiscrimination policies and protections before further committing to any North Carolina sites.”

The public records request can be found here.

 

 

 

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) LGBT Rights Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:45:44 -0400
ACLU Statement on NCAA Decision to Reconsider North Carolina Sites http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-statement-on-ncaa-decision-to-reconsider-north-carolina-sites.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-statement-on-ncaa-decision-to-reconsider-north-carolina-sites.html

RALEIGH — Today the NCAA Board of Governors announced that it will again consider bids to host championship events in North Carolina despite the fact that North Carolina has replaced HB2 with a new law that continues to bar protections for LGBT people and ensures that transgender people do not have clear access to restrooms, which limits their ability to go to school, work, and attend sporting events and other public activities.

“North Carolina’s new law does nothing to guarantee that LGBT people will be protected from discrimination, and as the NCAA’s own statement acknowledges, the rights of trans student-athletes, coaches, and fans in particular remain in legal limbo,” said James Esseks, Director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project. “This is not an environment that protects people from discrimination.”

HB 142, signed by Governor Roy Cooper last week, prevents public schools and local governments from adopting good policies guaranteeing that transgender people can access facilities matching their gender. HB 142 also says that local governments cannot pass ordinances protecting LGBT people — or anyone else — from discrimination in employment or public places until 2020.

Anti-LGBT legislators have already signaled their intent to build off of the passage of HB 142 to pass more explicit laws targeting transgender people for using restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

“This new law is not a repeal of HB2. It doubles down on the dangerous lie that transgender people are a threat to public safety, and it doesn’t leave North Carolina the way it was before HB2,” said Sarah Gillooly, Policy Director for the ACLU of North Carolina. “The NCAA must stand by its word and demand documentation of basic nondiscrimination policies before committing to any North Carolina sites.”

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) LGBT Rights Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:00:29 -0400
ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn ‘Fake’ Repeal of HB 2 http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-and-lambda-legal-condemn-fake-repeal-of-hb-2.html http://thatwww.acluofnc.org/blog/aclu-and-lambda-legal-condemn-fake-repeal-of-hb-2.html

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly today passed a bill that does not repeal the discriminatory HB 2 law. Instead, it keeps in place the most harmful parts of the law.

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is delivering a letter to Gov. Roy Cooper urging him to veto the measure — although Cooper has voiced his support for the proposal and is expected to sign it into law.

The new bill bars any protections for transgender people using restrooms or other facilities in schools or other state or local government buildings. This means schools, court houses, city halls, government agencies, and more cannot allow transgender people to use the right restroom.

It also prevents cities from passing any protections for employment discrimination or discrimination by places of public accommodation — for LGBT people or anyone — until 2020.

“This is not a repeal of HB 2. Instead, they’re reinforcing the worst aspects of the law,” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT Project. “North Carolina lawmakers should be ashamed of this backroom deal that continues to play politics with the lives of LGBT North Carolinians.”

The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal will continue to defend right of transgender people to use restrooms and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity, as federal law requires.  The lawsuit, which includes claims for the damages inflicted by H.B. 2, will continue, and the legal team will seek to amend the lawsuit to challenge H.B. 142 as well. 

H.B. 2, which was introduced and signed into law in just 12 hours and without public input and has faced widespread opposition from the general public, banned many transgender people from restrooms and other public facilities matching their gender and prohibits local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. 

“Lawmakers replaced a bad bill with another bad bill. This fake repeal is an attempt to silence LGBT people,” said Simone Bell, southern regional director at Lambda Legal. “It is shameful to stamp a start date on equality. We demand a full, clean repeal, and that includes comprehensive non-discrimination protections. Do not leave our community unprotected in the name of ‘compromise.’ We urge the governor to veto this bill and we encourage the NCAA to stay on the right side on history.”

Sarah Gillooly, policy director of the ACLU of North Carolina, said, “The governor and General Assembly may be turning their backs on LGBT North Carolinians today, but we are not. We will continue to fight in court for transgender people to access the restrooms that correspond to their gender identity and for equal protection for the entire LGBT community in North Carolina.”

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mmeno [AT] acluofnc [DOT] org (Mike Meno) LGBT Rights Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:32:48 -0400