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

Posted April 22, 2016 2:43 p.m. EDT
Updated July 12, 2018 2:13 p.m. EDT

— 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.