Report: State working on House Bill 2 changes

House Bill 2, as many know, requires a person of a specific gender to use the restroom or locker room of the gender on their birth certificate. 

The changes possibly coming to HB2, as reported by the Charlotte Observer, are the creation of an official document that would recognize a person's gender assignment to be treated as a person's birth certificate, carrying that much weight, referred to as a certificate of sex assignment. 

With the fix, it appears that the 2017 NBA All-Star Game would then stay in Charlotte as planned. 

Other proposed changes to the bill include protections for government employees and drafting new legislation that would toughen the penalties for suspects committing crimes in gender neutral bathrooms. 

But the proposed revisions to HB2 still does not allow local municipalities to pass non-discrimination ordinances for its residents and visitors. 

LGBT advocates slammed the revision Tuesday, calling it HB 2.0.

Statements below:

“This is nothing more than ‘HB 2.0,’” said HRC President Chad Griffin, in a written statement, released on Tuesday. “Anyone who cares about equality must reject this ridiculous proposal out of hand. This despicable bill would continue insidious policies targeting LGBTQ people for discrimination and do nothing to fix the mess HB2 created. It’s past time for North Carolina lawmakers to listen to the overwhelming chorus of voices from across North Carolina and around the country calling for full repeal of this hateful law.”

"Legislative leadership must stop digging their own hole ever deeper. North Carolina can't afford it,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro in a written statement, released on Tuesday. “This leaked draft is the result of another backroom deal that does nothing to fix the problems of HB2. We need to repeal HB2 immediately. The legislature cannot cut and run."

NC Values Statement on HB2 draft changes: 

"NC Values Coalition and KeepNCSafe are opposed to any changes in HB 2. The opponents of privacy and freedom won't be satisfied with any compromise and appeasement to the NBA and their business sponsors. They will hold the City of Charlotte, the 2017 All-Star Game, and the entire General Assembly hostage until our children are forced to shower, undress, and use the restrooms with grown men.

During this critical last week of the session, we urge the Governor and Legislative leaders to continue to stand firmly behind HB 2 to maintain privacy and safety for women and girls in our state's bathrooms, shower facilities, locker rooms and schools.”

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