Sir Elton John condemns HB2, criticizes Gov. McCrory in op-ed

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Elton John (File)

Sir Elton John condemned North Carolina’s House Bill 2 and criticized Gov. Pat McCrory in an op-ed on The Hill Tuesday.

“North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has doubled down on his support for H.B. 2, the discriminatory bill requiring public school students to use restrooms for the gender they were assigned at birth,” he wrote. “Recently, he filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice alleging gross overreach after Attorney General Loretta Lynch imposed a deadline for him to stop the implementation of the discriminatory bill. In response, the DOJ filed its own lawsuit against the state, alleging a ‘pattern or practice of employment discrimination on the basis of sex.'”

“But what’s worse than the discriminatory bill itself, and the millions in taxpayer dollars McCrory is wasting to defend it, is that the governor signed it after admitting he had never met a transgender person. Although McCrory later walked his statement back, the message he sent was clear: the actual experiences of transgender people have no place in a debate over their basic rights” he continued.

John is a longtime human rights supporter and HIV/AIDS activist.

Several celebrities have come out against HB2, with some canceling performances in North Carolina.

“Forcing transgender people to use the bathroom of a gender with which they don’t identify isn’t just inconvenient or impractical. For many, especially young students still grappling with their transition, it can be traumatic, and at worst, unsafe,” John wrote.

You can read the full op-ed by clicking here.