North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued an executive order clarifying his reasons for signing HB2 and responding to “people’s feedback for the past several weeks on this issue.” The order seeks to “affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality” by with the following mandates:
“First, it maintains common sense gender-specific restroom and locker room facilities in government buildings and in our schools, and when possible, encourages reasonable accommodations for families and those who have unique or special circumstances.
Second, the private sector can make its own policy with regard to restrooms, locker rooms and/or shower facilities. This is not a government decision. This is your decision in the private sector.
Third, I have affirmed the private sector and local government’s right to establish its own non-discrimination employment policies.
And fourth, as governor, I have expanded our state equal employment opportunity policy to clarify that sexual orientation and gender identity are included.
And fifth, I will immediately seek legislation in the upcoming short session to reinstate the right to sue for discrimination in North Carolina state courts.”
The North Carolina State Assembly approved a bill, House Bill 2, that overturns Charlotte, NC’s expansion of its non-discrimination ordinance, specifically, the controversial provision that allows individuals access to the sex-segregated facilities they identify with, rather than the facility intended for an individual of their sex class. Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill, stating, “This new government regulation defies common sense and basic community norms by allowing, for example, a man to use a woman’s bathroom, shower or locker room…While local municipalities have important priorities working to oversee police, fire, water and sewer, zoning, roads, and transit, the mayor and city council took action far out of its core responsibilities. As a result, I have signed legislation passed by a bipartisan majority to stop this breach of basic privacy and etiquette…It is now time for the city of Charlotte elected officials and state elected officials to get back to working on the issues most important to our citizens.” Following the announcement of McCrory’s signing of this bill, the ACLU of North Carolina issued a Tweet in which they state they are “considering legal challenge.”
NC legislature debating LGBT non-discrimination ordinance _ WCNC
The Laramie City Council approved a local anti-discrimination ordinance. It voted 7-2 in favor of the measure that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities such as restaurants. The law does not cover “distinctly private” places of public accommodation, which intends to preserve women-only space.
Laramie is, of course, where Matthew Shepard was murdered by two men, a defining moment in the modern era of Gay rights.
The Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Houston City Council violated the law regarding referenda when they rejected a petition to put the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, a law banning discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, to a popular vote. The court ordered the city to either repeal the ordinance or put it to a vote, as follows:
“The legislative power reserved to the people of Houston is not being honored. Accordingly, without hearing oral argument, TEX.R.APP.P.52.8(c), we conditionally grant the writ of mandamus lest the actions of city officials “thwart . . . the will of the public.” See Coalson, 610 S.W.2d at 747. The City Council is directed to comply with its duties, as specified in the City Charter, that arise when the City Secretary certifies that a referendum petition has a sufficient number of valid signatures. Any enforcement of the ordinance shall be suspended, and the City Council shall reconsider the ordinance. If the CityCouncil does not repeal the ordinance byAugust 24, 2015, then by that date the City Council must order that the ordinance be put to popular vote during the November 2015 election. The writ will issue only if the City Council does not comply.”
Republican lawmaker Earl J. Poleski introduced legislation to override the 38 municipal LGBT civil rights ordinances passed in cities across Michigan. House Bill 4052, the “Local Government Employer Mandate Prohibition Act,” seeks to limit the units of local government to adopt, enforce or administer certain local mandates for employers. The bill would prohibit local units of government from creating a “community benefits ordinance” under which contractors or developers would enact new rules for engaging in business with other companies; prohibit local units from establishing any requirement related to employee wages or benefits except as provided by law; and void any community benefits ordinance or similar ordinance adopted by a local unit in violation of the act.
Michigan does not have protections for sexual orientation and gender identity listed under the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Local government bodies would therefore be prohibited from adopting, enforcing or administering an ordinance, local policy or resolution regulating the relationship between an employer and its employees or potential employees if the resolution contains requirements exceeding those imposed by the state or federal government.
We oppose this legislation.
Bibiane Bovet, a candidate for Montreal, Canada’s city council who worked as a prostitute to pay for sex reassignment surgery, was dropped by Montreal mayoral hopeful Mélanie Joly dropped Bibiane Bovet as a candidate for her municipal party. Joly said the decision came in the wake of news during the weekend that Bovet was being investigated by Quebec’s Autorité des marchés financiers. La Presse reported Saturday that Bovet had sent letters to potential investors seeking 150,000-euro contributions to fund her plan to create a new currency. The letter was signed Claudine Bovet, one of several names that Bovet used, and named a company that has no legal status in Quebec, the newspaper said.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of Howe v. Haslam, a lawsuit brought against Tennesse’s HB600 the “Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act”, signed into law on May 23, 2011, that prevents any municipality from extending non-discrimination protections to GLBT people because Tennessee state law does not currently cover sexual orientation or gender identity.
Tennessee law defines “sex” as “the designation of an individual person as male or female as indicated on the individual’s birth certificate.”
A historical new piece from 1971:
A bill to prohibit discrimination against homosexuals in employment and housing was reported yesterday to be in trouble in the City Council’s 15-man Committee on General Welfare.
A Gainesville Transgender Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Referendum, on the ballot as Amendment 1, was on the March 24, 2009 ballot in Alachua County for voters in the City of Gainesville. It was a veto referendum to overturn a gender identity provision added in 2008 to Gainesville’s anti-discrimination ordinance. It was defeated, meaning that the 2008 law will stay in effect. The newly-upheld ordinance allows the city’s roughly 100 transgender residents to use whichever restroom they’re most comfortable using. The Gainesville city commission approved the restroom provision by a 4-3 vote in the spring of 2008.
The city of Boston has agreed to pay Brenda Wernikoff, a transgender woman, $20,000 in exchange for dropping a lawsuit against the officers who arrested Wernikoff on disorderly conduct at a homeless shelter.