North Carolina Bathroom “Fix” Would Force Trans People To Have Surgery, Pay Bathroom Tax
“An individual… may request a certificate of sex reassignment from the State Registrar… The State Registrar shall issue a certificate of sex reassignment upon a written application from an individual accompanied by a notarized statement from the physician who performed the sex reassignment surgery or from a physician licensed to practice medicine who has examined the individual and can certify that the person has undergone sex reassignment surgery.”
— A leaked draft of a proposed legislative “fix” for North Carolina’s odious, anti-trans bathroom bill HB2. This “fix” basically says that a trans person can use the restroom that matches their gender only if they have two do things: 1) have gender affirmation surgery (a procedure that can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $20,000 or more, depending on how MUCH surgery the state’s cisgender politicians consider necessary), and 2) apply (and presumably pay for) a document declaring that the person can legally use the bathroom matching their gender. In short, only rich transpeople with a special bathroom passport will be able to piss in the state of North Carolina.
This fix is reportedly meant to discourage the National Basketball Association from moving their 2017 NBA All Star Game out of the state. Even with this shitty so-called “fix”, HB2 would still prohibit city governments from passing their own trans-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances. WBTV (the station that published this leaked document) adds, “According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, only 24 percent of transgender adults have birth certificates that correspond to their gender identities.” Those other 76 percent will either have to use restrooms not-matching their gender identities.
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