U.S. Education Secretary John Kelly is the latest high-profile figure to weigh-in on North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law known as HB2.
Speaking to a group of education reporters in Boston on Monday, King said the legislation deserved to be repealed:
“They are hateful laws and should be repealed,” King told the Education Writers Association conference in Boston on Monday. He said the laws send “a deeply problematic message to young people in schools, and should be changed.”
WRAL.com reports that King stopped short of mentioning the loss of federal funds, though made it clear the federal government wants the state legislature to address the law that prevents transgender students from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Last week, NC Policy Watch education reporter Billy Ball reported on the emotional impact the law was having on transgender youth and profiled a 17-year-old student at N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
Over the weekend, we sat down with Hunter Schafer’s mother, Katy Schafer, to discuss her thoughts on HB2 and what lawmakers are failing to understand as they try to justify the discriminatory measure they rushed through in March.