NC Republicans Insert Anti-Living Wage Measure Into a Transphobic Bathroom Bill

Where do we even begin?

Republicans in North Carolina are pushing a package of legislation that may be unrivaled in its arrogance and callousness; a series of measures that would place new restrictions on transgender bathroom use, prohibit cities from banning discrimination, and even prohibit cities from raising wages.

Several cities in North Carolina have passed their own measures to ban discrimination against LGBT individuals and the state legislature has responded by attempting to ban anti-discrimination ordinances. And that's not all. Not even close.

The draft legislation, dated March 19, would also prohibit cities and counties from raising the local minimum wage – sometimes called a "living wage" ordinance – or from passing any labor laws that are stricter than state law.

The legislation would also require single-sex bathrooms in schools and government agencies, with entry restricted to people identified as the appropriate gender on a birth certificate. That provision is in response to an ordinance passed by the city of Charlotte in February to make it legal for transgender people to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity.

Unlike other governors, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (pictured above) fully supports these measures.

The governors of South Dakota and Tennessee opposed local attempts to codify anti-transgender discrimination because doing so would have opened the door for federal lawsuits and a loss of federal funding, but Governor McCrory doesn't appear to be concerned about either of those things.

To be clear, while much of their focus is on policing the bathroom use of transgender students and adults, the measures being considered by the legislature would also prohibit cities from passing additional protections for the entire spectrum of LGBTQ individuals and, believe it or not, even people with disabilities.

These measures were advanced to the floor of the North Carolina House this afternoon during a one-day special session. Yes, they called a special session to pass this shit.

  • muselet

    And yet again I ask, which public facility would these yahoos prefer to have Buck Angel use?


  • kingfrazer

    I live in North Carolina, and while I am appalled by this, I’m not moving out. I’d love to take swift-4’s advice, but I live in Charlotte, not Raleigh. The law was in fact a direct response to Charlotte passing an anti-LGBT discrimination ordinance. I blame the legislature much more than I blame the loathsome Pat McCrory. He’s vetoed bills like this before but the legislature is so stacked with Republicans that they can easily over-ride any veto. Soon the lawsuits are going to start piling up, and I hope that in this upcoming election, we can throw enough of the bums out to make a difference.

  • swift_4

    If anyone reading this lives in North Carolina, please go to the statehouse and start stopping all the dudes in suits at the bathroom and demand to see their birth certificate. Make a video of that for us.

    Then move out of that awful place.

  • Aynwrong

    • Make life more difficult for a minority group with no political power: ✓
    • Fabricate a threat from a group of people who are far more likely to threatened: ✓
    • Define discrimination as a right rather than the act of denying a right: ✓
    • Oppose a wage that humans can actually sustain themselves on: ✓

    This bill truly has it all. It’s a Grand Unifying Theory of Republican bullshit.