Slightly more than two years ago, the state of North Carolina’s governor signed into law a piece of legislature widely known as the “bathroom bill.” The discriminatory law, also known as House Bill 2 or the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, kept transgender people of all ages away from bathrooms that weren’t of the sex declared on their official government identification – think birth certificates.
Many people supported the bill in the widely conservative state. Further, some state governments in bordering states and others throughout the Southeast, a region in the United States hallmarked by its largely conservative ways of thinking held for seemingly millennia by its small-town residents, also adopted similar bills.
Virginia was one of the aforementioned states that also adopted a similar bill.
House Bill 2, the bathroom bill, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, or whatever one wants to call it more or less made it impossible for transgender people to use bathrooms that weren’t on their birth certificates; it was made possible by countless supporters’ thinking that children would be molested or adult females would be raped by men dressed as women claiming they were transgender to gain access to such facilities.
Although the line of thinking does have some merit, the provisions set forth by the bathroom bill were eventually shut down less than a year later. Countless billions of dollars of revenue were estimated to be lost by the state’s close-minded policies.
Recently, a federal court – the highest in the United States – sided with a former high school Virginia student who identified – and still does identify – as transgender in believing his former school’s decision to ban her from the girls’ restroom.
The decision relates to the U.S. Constitution’s basic residential right to equal protection regardless of gender.