Transgender bathroom bill repealed in North Carolina - but LGBT advocates say further action needed

Transgender bathroom bill in North Carolina is repealed

House Bill 2 will be repealed

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The hugely controversial transgender bathroom bill in North Carolina is to be repealed after Republicans and Democrats reached a last-minute agreement.

The legislation, House Bill 2, would block local governments from allowing transgender people to use bathroom facilities of their own choice.

The news of the repeal was announced on Wednesday night (March 29) by governor Roy Cooper, state senate president Phil Berger and state house speaker Tim Moore, according to The Hill.

However, local governments and state colleges and universities will still not be allowed to regulate access to multiple-occupancy facilities.

Cooper said: "It's not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation."

But pro-gay rights organisation The Human Rights Campaign has said: "This proposal is a train wreck that would double down on anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

"North Carolinians want a clean repeal of HB2, and we urge our allies not to sell us out."

The original House Bill 2 was passed last year and due to businesses moving out of the state in protest, the Associated Press estimated that the bill would cost the state more than $3.7 (£2.96) billion in lost revenue over the coming decade.