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Trans woman challenges HB2, posts selfie from women's bathroom

Posted April 22, 2016

— Some may call it a statement, but Sarah McBride calls it normal.

The 25-year-old campaigns and communications manager for LGBT Progress at American Progress made a stop in Charlotte Thursday, according to her Facebook page, to speak with Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield. The topic of conversation: HB2.

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 the gender on their birth certificates, excludes gay and transgender people from discrimination protections and bars cities and counties from extending such protections to them.

While traveling in North Carolina, McBride, who is originally from Delaware, found herself having to use the bathroom in a government building. She decided to use the mundane moment and post a selfie to Instagram and Facebook.

“Here I am using a women's restroom in North Carolina that I'm technically barred from being in. They say I'm a pervert. They say I'm a man dressed as a woman. They say I'm a threat to their children. They say I'm confused. They say I'm dangerous. And they say accepting me as the person I have fought my life to be seen as reflects the downfall of a once great nation.

I'm just a person. We are all just people. Trying to pee in peace. Trying to live our lives as fully and authentically as possible. Barring me from this restroom doesn't help anyone. And allowing me to continue to use this bathroom - just without fear of discrimination and harassment - doesn't hurt anyone.

Stop this. We are good people. ‪#‎repealhb2.”

As of Friday afternoon, the bathroom selfie had gained more than 10,000 likes and 2,000 shares on Facebook.


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  • Chris Coley Apr 25, 2016
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    S/he should worry more about the exposure level and overeating done to the picture by the phone. Looks like a plastic doll.

  • Jimmy Ray Apr 22, 2016
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    I don't care which bathroom you use. I don't even want to think about it. Just go away.

  • Iam Theantisatan Apr 22, 2016
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    IMHO the Charlotte law was unnecessary execpt perhaps in terms of specification of when gender reassignment surgery has achieved it ultimate goal. The transformation of one gender into the other,

    On the subject at hand, HB2 is flawed in it's criteria of, or definition of, what determines gender, as some have "surgically transformed" into a gender opposite of what;s indicated on their birth certificate.

    Perhaps a better determinate would be what a doctor or hospital would classify one as. Or insurance policy for example.

    There has to be an allowance for instances where via surgery someone has transformed from one type of genitals to another.

  • Iam Theantisatan Apr 22, 2016
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    Under the Charlotte law
    a man wouldn't even have to look like a woman or dress like one to go into a woman's dressing area.

    Merely claiming to "identify" as a woman is all that would be required.

    How could that be disproved?

    Past qualities wouldn't apply because Bubba could claim he just had a change of identity. Next hour he changes back to feeling male.

    There's no way to prove it either way.

    An intellectual identification threshold is easy to fake,

  • Mary Smith Apr 22, 2016
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    Settle down missy...it was just a question.

  • Mary Smith Apr 22, 2016
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    I'm confused...how is he not a man dressed in women's clothes? Even if he feels like a woman, he's still a man, right?

  • Brendan Dillon Apr 22, 2016
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    Here's a crazy thought. If the people targeted by this law are not the people you are worried about, then why don't we pass a law that actually targets the real concern?

    Oh yeah, it's because those laws already existed.

  • Rhonda Arthur Apr 22, 2016
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    Thank you! It's not the transgender people I'm afraid of. It's the pervetts who will, and already have, take advantage of this situation I'm afraid of.

  • Kim Plucker Apr 22, 2016
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    The ignorance is astounding here. Nobody thinks a transgender is a pervert or a man dressed as a woman. Some of us are genuinely worried about a real man using the law to obtain 'protection' against a woman telling him to leave the ladies room.

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 22, 2016
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    If you are this far along with the change over, and you step into the ladies room, beautiful, confident, respectful of yourself and others, nobody is going to peer over the door to see if you standup or squat down to potty.

    I mean, really, this whole ruckus has gotten out of hand. I've been using the ladies room my entire life, and have yet to have anyone look over the door. I'm also pretty darn certain that the ladies could spot a perv in a wig and a dress lurking about. We're talking about bathrooms, not a hangout, right?