Justice Department asks judge to stop HB2

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to halt implementation of the anti-LGBT House Bill 2 (HB2) on the grounds that it is discriminatory to transgender individuals.

The 70-page legal brief filed Tuesday evening states, that “excluding transgender men and women from bathroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity causes significant and irreparable physical, psychological, economic, social, and stigmatic harm to transgender people.”

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The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against North Carolina, in response to one filed against the federal government by the state, over HB2 and the brief calling for a halt to its implementation reiterates those concerns that the bill violates the Violence Against Women Act and Title IX.

Lawmakers recently approved diverting $500,000 from a disaster relief fund in order to fight lawsuits against HB2.

The federal government points to a recent ruling from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said a 16-year-old transgender student has the right to use the bathroom matching his gender identity, as the most recent example that they are on the right side of the legal argument.

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“HB2 is not merely a solution to a non-existent problem; it is state-sanctioned discrimination that is inflicting immediate and significant harm on transgender individuals. That, along with the balance of equities and the public interest in preventing discrimination, support a preliminary injunction halting compliance with and implementation of HB2,” the brief states.

The NC legislature approved minor changes to the law Friday night, allowing individuals to sue in state court for workplace discrimination for protected groups, of which the LGBT community is not one.

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Jeff Taylor is a journalist and artist. In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, Inside Lacrosse, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport and has lived in Charlotte since 2006.@jefftaylorhuman.