The Daily Fix: Debate Over Transgender Bathroom Use Heats Up in North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina, will decide on Monday whether to approve extending the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance, including a provision that would let transgendered individuals use the bathroom they feel most comfortable in.
The proposed changes have caused a firestorm, reported The Charlotte Observer, with supporters and opponents flooding the offices of Charlottte City Council members with phone calls and emails.
“I’ve now had about 4,500 emails in the last couple of weeks,” said council member Ed Driggs, according to NBC Charlotte.
Opponents of the bathroom proposal have claimed that it could endanger women and children, while local LGBT advocates dismissed it as a scare tactic and assert that it hasn’t been a problem in other cities.
“All it’s going to do is provide protections for transgender people who use the restroom that’s appropriate to their presentation,” transgender activist Paige Dula told the station.
Driggs disagrees, saying, “The ordinance basically puts the preferences of a small number of people ahead of the preferences of a lot of people.”
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