ATLANTA — Mayor Kasim Reed has barred all city employees from non-essential travel to North Carolina after Gov. Pat McCroy signed HB 2, aka the “bathroom bill,” into law.
The bathroom bill is being assailed by critics because they believe it discriminates against the LBGT community, most particularly the transgender demographic in North Carolina. The bill requires individuals to use public restrooms according to the gender they were born and not what the sex now identify.
“As a result of Governor Pat McCrory’s decision to sign discriminatory and unnecessary legislation into law, effective today I am directing all City departments to stop non-essential, publicly-funded employee travel to the State of North Carolina,” Reed stated.
“I extend my support to Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who worked to enhance protections for the city’s LGBT population, as well as to the LGBT residents of North Carolina.
Every person, regardless of their gender, gender expression or sexuality is avalued member of our community,” Reed adds.
According to Newsweek, a bevy of number of major multinational corporations, including Google and Facebook, have blasted the law. Meanwhile, Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other organizations have filed lawsuits against the state.
Reed joins other mayors of major U.S. cities who forbid city-sponsored, non-essential travel to the Tar Heel State, including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Some governors have also taken umbrage at the “bathroom bill” law. New York’s Andrew Cuomo; Minnesota’s Mark Dayton and Connecticut’s Dannell Malloy, have enacted state-funded travel bans.
The law now reverses a city of Charlotte law which was set to go into effect April 1, which would have prohibited any form of discrimination against LGBT individuals.