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Voices of North Carolina: Madeline Goss

by Guest contributor March 28, 2016

Post submitted by Madeline Goss, former HRC Board of Governors Member and Raleigh resident 

Last Wednesday, the North Carolina General Assembly railroaded HB 2 through the House and Senate, and then Governor McCrory signed it into law. It felt like a one-two punch to the stomach. I couldn't believe my home state would pass such a discriminatory bill into law. They ignored the public outcry from trans people, allies, business leaders, celebrities, as well as representatives from HRC, Equality NC, and the ACLU.

This bill endangers trans people, like myself, by requiring that we use the restroom facilities that match the gender written on our birth certificates, exposing our community to further bullying, harassment, and even violence that we already face daily because of our identities. They created and enacted this discriminatory law while disregarding the fact that only a small number of trans people can change their birth certificates to match their gender identity.

Needless to say, I was feeling discouraged by this fear and hate-driven law until I received the call that our coalition partners were filing a lawsuit attempting to overturn HB2. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two members of our community by the ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina, Equality North Carolina and Lambda Legal on the grounds including that it violates Title IX protections on the basis of gender.

This is the moment when a hero stands up, reeling from just being clobbered, and fights back for the greater good. That's how I felt while watching two of the plaintiffs speak on the discrimination we face and the harm this law will bring to us.

I am thankful to be a part of the movement towards justice for all trans-people. We will overcome this, no matter what the odds, and the greater LGBT community has our back. 

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