Durham hotel puts new signs on bathrooms after HB2

Posted April 22

21c Museum Hotel has posted new signs outside its public bathrooms in response to a controversial state law.
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— A boutique hotel in downtown Durham has hung new signs on its public bathrooms in response to a controversial state law.

21c Museum Hotel, which opened a year ago and displays contemporary art throughout its lobby and public spaces, installed signs featuring a merged male-female silhouette above the phrase "We Don't Care" outside a bank of single-stall public restrooms in the hotel.

"The title refers to the position of ‘all are welcome’ or we don’t care where you go to the bathroom," 21c officials said on the hotel's website. "The installation gives the community another way to engage in conversation around this important issue. Thought-provoking contemporary art fosters dialogue and discovery."

The signs were created by Kansas City, Mo., artist Peregrine Honig, and each is signed and numbered, officials said.

House Bill 2, which was approved and signed into law in less than 12 hours last month, requires people to use public bathrooms that match their birth gender, excludes gay and transgender people from discrimination protections and bars cities and counties from extending such protections to them.

Private businesses are allowed under the law to set their own policies regarding bathroom use by employees and customers.

21c also issued a statement denouncing the legislation.

"It is demoralizing that sanctioned discrimination could be a cause contemplated, let alone endorsed, by public officials elected to represent a diverse and complete constituency," the statement reads. "We humbly stand with fellow North Carolinians who petition the repeal of House Bill 2."


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  • Xander Bogaerts Apr 24, 9:54 a.m.
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    You have been misled or have read misinformation
    HB2 discriminates against LGBT in workforce both public and private.
    It was McCrory's executive order that attempts to modify HB2 to public only.

    There is a wral article that McCrory said he is 'not the HR of the private sector'. If he truly believes that, then the Durham hotel is well within its right to post the signs on bathrooms as this article suggests.

    HB2 is discrimination.

  • Jimmy Ray Apr 23, 12:02 a.m.
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    Got that right.

  • Jimmy Ray Apr 23, 12:00 a.m.
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    Never. Too many lawsuits.

  • Cameron Horn Apr 22, 10:48 p.m.
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    When are they going to put these up at my work place (o ) (o )

  • Curtis Denton Apr 22, 10:43 p.m.
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    What's the differance in being forced to it one way or the other....seems like both sides want it there all there beliefs or non beliefs or religions... (WHICH IS THE MAIN PROBLEM WITH THE WHOLE WORLD....) OR NON RELIGIONS ....should be kept to themselves .....this to shall pass but until it does it will give the media and the likes of MISSES KNOTT....SOMETHING TO DO WITH THERE LIVES

  • Curtis Denton Apr 22, 10:30 p.m.
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  • Solomon Mcdonald Apr 22, 9:42 p.m.
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    I'm with you Woodrow. If given the choice, why would any woman want to go into a men's restroom? No offense, but urinals are gross.

  • Mike Berthold Apr 22, 9:02 p.m.
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    To lazy to sit?

  • Woodrow Yonts Apr 22, 8:15 p.m.
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    Are they gonna start putting urinals in women bathrooms for me?

  • Melvin Denis Apr 22, 7:36 p.m.
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    It is the religious leaders we need to be leery of. I never hear about transgender people sexually abusing anyone, now priest that is a different story. I have heard of thousands of people being sexual abused by them. If you really want to make restrooms safer perhaps there should be a law to ban priest from restrooms.