NC Values Coalition Statement on Latest HB2 Repeal Efforts & Trump Bathroom Decision

For Immediate Release:

Lawmakers should stand by HB2 because it is the only way to ensure that privacy, dignity, and common sense rule in North Carolina.

"The DOJ and DOE's letter correcting the Obama Administration's unlawful guidance letter to schools last spring is good news for the privacy, safety, and dignity of young students across America. The Obama Administration radically distorted a federal law that was intended to equalize educational opportunities for women and misused the law to open students’ private facilities to members of the opposite sex. Yesterday, the Trump Administration rightly corrected that error, prioritizing the privacy and dignity of all students and ensuring that schools don’t lose crucial federal funding for protecting their students."

"North Carolina has led the Nation in enacting common sense protections for children's privacy, and now the Trump administration has agreed with our leaders. Because of the new federal policy, North Carolina's privacy law-HB2- remains more vital than ever as efforts to strip away privacy protections will shift even more to the state level. State lawmakers have a responsibility to protect the privacy and dignity of all North Carolinians. Our lawmakers should reject Representative McGrady’s misguided bill that does nothing to stop cities from passing the same unlawful, coercive ordinances that started this debate in Charlotte and leaves the state without a policy on privacy in bathrooms. Lawmakers should stand by HB2 because it is the only way to ensure that privacy, dignity, and common sense rule in North Carolina."

-Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Executive Director