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Gender-neutral model, transgender man speak out against HB2; call for full repeal

Posted April 19

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— Rain Dove has built her career by breaking the gender mold. The model, who turned heads at New York's Fashion Week, identifies as gender neutral, often posing for similar photos in both masculine and feminine attire, with dramatically different results.

Dove and several other models traveled to North Carolina this week to speak to business owners, politicians and activists groups about HB2.

Dozens of municipalities, political leaders and musicians already have voiced opposition to HB2, which requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond to their birth gender, excludes gay and transgender people from protections against employment and public accommodations discrimination and blocks cities and counties from extending such protections to them.

"I heard about HB2, and I read up about it, and it was so concerning that I actually put my career on hold and flew out here immediately from London," Dove said.

She and Dezjorn Gauthier, a transgender man, are calling for a full repeal of the controversial law. Gauthier, under the new law, must now use the women's restroom.

"If I were to go into a women's room, I feel that I would make women feel very uncomfortable," Gauthier said. "Then, for myself, I would feel unsafe walking out and possibly having someone's boyfriend, or brother or another male figure outside questioning why a male was inside."

Steven Noble, host of the radio program Called 2 Action Today, believes the new law is designed to protect women and children from predators, not to discriminate.

"There are sexual predators that would absolutely dress up as a member of the opposite sex just to gain access to the bathroom, so what about that," he said.

Noble said he while he disagrees with the opinions of Dove and Gauthier, he wishes more supporters would show compassion to the transgender community.

"If you do anything legislatively to open the door a little bit more for a sexual predator to take advantage of it, for me as a father and as a Christian, no way! I have to oppose that even though there are going to be hurt feelings in the transgender community," Noble said.

Dove believes HB2 is illegal and called the bill "unenforceable" because under state law, police cannot demand identification unless they are "reasonably certain" a crime has been committed.

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  • Arron Lee Apr 20, 2016
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    Good point! Why all of a sudden is this an issue. Where have these confused people been all these years? It is way to easy these days to banned together and demand that you are an "officially protected" group. Our government needs to use a little backbone and stand up to this crazy ideology going on in our country.

  • George Herbert Apr 20, 2016
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    The people supporting HB2 ignore the reality that many transgender people don't stand out as having been originally assigned a different sex at birth than they are living.

  • John Townsend Apr 19, 2016
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    Ban all separate bathrooms and locker rooms and be done with it. Separate but equal is discrimination.

  • Sam Nada Apr 19, 2016
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    The spectrum of gender and sexual identities is much, much greater than you appear to be aware of. Blaming the media for creating them is like blaming the media for inventing all the different denominations, beliefs and practices of Christianity. It's a preposterous idea, and it has nothing to do with liberal or conservative. If you actually want to educate yourself just Google "gender identity", and read away. The more we understand about the diversity of humanity the less there is to fear.

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 19, 2016
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    Perhaps, in the 'brave new world' of gender neutrality, we should do away with the gender assuming figures posted outside the restrooms, and revert to 'Sitters' or 'Standers'.

    As long as we have stalls with doors, within the restrooms, I cannot with any certainty say that I haven't already been next door to a transgender person while in a public restroom. (I haven't noticed anyonepeeping over the door, and I don't peep.)
    As for the really, really fearful potty patrons, I guess there's always adult assistance products that can help you manage until you get home.

  • Jeffrey Derry Apr 19, 2016
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    What is gender neutral? U r either a male or a female ......gosh the liberal media creating new sexes....

  • Tee Kdawg Apr 19, 2016
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    BAH HAH HAH! Thirty seconds of looking at national news and... http://usat.ly/1U5NuMJ

    But yes, by all means let us lay awake at night unnerved by the hordes of transgenders soon to invade our bathrooms and snatch our children!

  • Tee Kdawg Apr 19, 2016
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    You better be more worried about the "straight-laced," white, conservative male coaches/counselors/priests in your kids lives than this phantom orgy of violence that the Party of Fear is bellowing will descend on our public restrooms.

    You guys crack me up. You want to organize posses to patrol our bathrooms and yet probably have no problem with your little Johnny staying late after practice to work on his corner kicks one-on-one with coach.

  • Page Mee Apr 19, 2016
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    Personally, if I were a woman living as a man, I would be concerned no matter which bathroom I used. I think that perhaps the law should specify and focus on appropriate behavior in the restroom rather than which one to use. If people are using the restroom as it is intended, there isn't a problem. Perhaps a gym locker room is more of a concern where someone may be changing clothes in the open....but no one sees my business when I am in a restroom and I don't see anyone elses.

  • Scooter Barrette Apr 19, 2016
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    I'm a straight male, and I don't feel like any of my rights are infringed due to the "LGBT agenda". Why would anyone want to assist a minority group to live fulfilling lives, you ask? Human empathy, I suppose.

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