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North Carolina Republicans Consider Another Obstacle for Transgender Bathroom Use

Republicans in North Carolina are still considering what to do about their unconstitutional anti-transgender "bathroom bill" HB2 and, apparently, their first big idea is to make matters even worse.

Given their supposed aversion to government databases and catalogs of people you may not suspect Republicans would want to create a new big government database, but that's exactly what they're proposing.

Republicans in North Carolina are considering a bill that would force transgender people to certify and register themselves in a brand new database with what they're calling a "certificate of sex reassignment."

The new requirement reads, “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.”

The World Health Organization and United Nations issued a statement two years ago calling for the end of any requirement that transgender people undergo sterilizing surgeries to achieve legal recognition.

As Zack Ford at ThinkProgress points out, not all transgender people undergo reassignment surgery nor do they necessarily need to.

The bill currently being considered in the North Carolina House would not end the state's ban on transgender bathroom use or repeal the requirement that transgender individuals undergo reassignment surgery before they can alter their birth certificate. It would simply make them jump through an additional hoop to be recognized as the gender they identity as if they go through the previous steps.

Republicans in the state undoubtedly believe they've got it all figured out, but this will do nothing to halt the legal and economic shitstorm that has descended on the state nor will it sway the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals when it reaches their courtroom.

Governor Pat McCrory needs to be defeated in November.

  • I can’t even begin to tell you how much this worries me. No, just….f*cking hell no!

  • swift_4

    There needs to be a Democrat courageous enough to stand up there and say “I agree. Dangerous things need a federal registry. I’m adding an amendment that would also add guns to this federal registry.”

  • ninjaf

    Is it November yet? Is it November yet? Is it November yet? Is it November yet? Is it November yet? Is it November yet? Is it November yet? Is it November yet? Is it November yet?

  • muselet

    Okay, before transgender people could pee in North Carolina, they’d have to register themselves. And then … what, exactly?

    Would there be someone outside every public toilet in the state? Would registered individuals be issued special ID cards they could swipe at the door?

    Would the transgender registry be linked to any other public databases (I’m guessing yes)? If so, what safeguards could possibly be put in place to keep some malicious drone in the State Registrar’s office from accidentally releasing every bit of data about everyone in the database?

    The appalling thing is, Rs view the problems with and objections to this insane proposal as features, not bugs.


  • So no database of gun owners, which would really help in solving crimes, and maybe weeding out dangerous individuals from owning guns, but a database of transgender people. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

    • Aynwrong

      Beat me to it.

      • GrafZeppelin127

        Me as well.

    • Draxiar

      Ah yes, priorities.

  • Nefercat

    Do they also have to wear a special patch on their garments?

    Won’t McCrory be in for a big surprise when St. Peter yanks the lever for the trapdoor in front of the pearly gates? Then again, it wouldn’t be surprising if Satan installs a trampoline.