North Carolina Governor Issues Nondiscrimination Executive Order, But Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination PersistsBy Adam Polaski • October 19, 2017 • 7:15 pm
This week Governor Roy Cooper in North Carolina issued an executive order prohibiting state agencies from discriminating against LGBTQ people in employment or in the awarding of contracts. The executive order order also bars state agencies from restricting restroom access for transgender North Carolinians. The executive order is a step forward, but it doesn’t address the fact that anti-LGBTQ discrimination is still the law of the land in North Carolina.
Earlier in 2017 the North Carolina legislature passed a bill that left so many elements of the disastrous anti-LGBTQ House Bill 2 intact. The bill, HB142, was intended to repeal HB2, the anti-transgender law that made headlines nationwide for a full year and made North Carolina synonymous with the word “discrimination.” But the new law still prohibits municipalities from protecting transgender people from discrimination and harassment in restrooms and blocks any city or town from passing proactive, vital non-discrimination ordinances until 2020.
It’s good to take steps in the right direction and directly address the damage HB2 and HB142 have caused to transgender people – but to be clear, current law in North Carolina remains hostile to transgender people and puts shackles on municipal leaders who want nothing more than to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. This executive order doesn’t change the fact that NC lawmakers need to repeal discrimination and begin the necessary work to healing North Carolina from the disaster that HB2 brought on.
It’s estimated the HB 2 cost North Carolina nearly $630 million in lost revenue in less than one year.