New UNC system president Margaret Spellings has weighed in on the state’s new LGBT discrimination law with a memo addressed to all system chancellors. Not surprisingly, the memo, which foreshadowed its predictable conclusions with the bureaucratic subject line (“Guidance – Compliance with the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act”) does exactly what Spellings critics and skeptics would have predicted — toe the line laid down by the General Assembly and Governor McCrory. The memo specifically directs chancellors to establish restroom access policies in contravention of federal law.
In response, groups challenging the discrimination law issued the following response earlier today:
Groups Challenging HB2 Respond to UNC Position on Discriminatory Law
RALEIGH – The University of North Carolina system today announced that it has chosen to follow House Bill 2, a sweeping anti-LGBT law that would prevent transgender students, employees, and visitors from using the restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.
In response, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal, and Equality NC released the following joint statement:
“It’s incredibly disappointing that the University of North Carolina has concluded it is required to follow this discriminatory measure at the expense of the privacy, safety, and wellbeing of its students and employees, particularly those who are transgender. By requiring people to use restrooms that do not correspond to their gender identity, this policy not only endangers and discriminates against transgender people – it also violates federal law.” Read more