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The best editorial of the weekend

The best editorial of the weekend came from the Greensboro News & Record. The subject: the state’s new bathroom wars manufactured by opportunistic politicians looking to gin up their right-wing bases in the aftermath of Charlotte’s recent adoption of a nondiscrimination ordinance.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The ordinance, approved Monday by a 7-4 vote of the Charlotte City Council, prohibits discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgendered people. The opposition stems from bathroom concerns. Critics are afraid that men dressing as women will enter women’s restrooms and attack women and girls.

That’s possible, with or without the Charlotte ordinance. Such attacks seem to be extremely rare, if they occur at all, in cities that already have nondiscrimination ordinances.

It’s also possible that men dressed as men can attack men and boys in men’s rooms. Everyone needs to be watchful in public facilities. Small children should be accompanied by a parent.

Charlotte has simply acknowledged the reality that transgendered people use public bathrooms without drawing attention to themselves or causing problems. Its ordinance does not require unisex facilities, according to its city attorney. It simply offers a legal resolution for people who can otherwise find themselves in a dilemma and who are at least due a measure of human understanding and accommodation rather than contempt.”

The N&R take comes on top of similar pieces in Raleigh’s News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer last week and these great editorial cartoons by Dwane Powell, Kevin Siers and our own John Cole (see below). Let’s hope state leaders are paying attention. Unfortunately, that seems like a long shot.

2-29-16 NCPW cartoon

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