UNC-Charlotte students protest UNC system's HB2 support

University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings announced all UNC campuses will follow the guidelines House Bill 2. That means on all 17 campuses, students, faculty members and guests will abide by the controversial law.

On Thursday students at the UNC-Charlotte campus protested against this announcement. They believe transgender people should have the right to use the bathroom that corresponds with their identity.

The group worked to get signatures for a petition urging the school chancellor to stand up for LGBT rights, despite the announcement from Spellings.

"I think it should be overturned immediately. Students taking a stand is the best thing that could possibly happen,” student Caroline Unruh said.

17 UNC campuses throughout the state will now abide by the law.

Spellings said in a memo: "University institutions must require every multiple-occupancy bathroom and changing facility to be designated for and used only by persons based on their biological sex."

She also stated multiple-occupancy restrooms and changing facilities must be labeled for single sex use…

Single-occupancy gender neutral bathrooms are also an option on all the campuses.

There's currently a lawsuit filed against the university system for their efforts to enforce HB2.

"I have friends and colleagues who can't use a bathroom of their choice appropriately and who are put in danger explicitly now,” student Jack Groves said.

Students hand-delivered the petition to the chancellor’s office in hopes of bringing their concerns to his attention.

The law does not address enforcement at this point. Several organizations have come forward disappointed at the UNC president's decision.

 

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