GREENSBORO, N.C. — City council members voted eight to one Tuesday in favor of a resolution opposing House Bill 2.
HB2, or the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, is a new state law which says transgender individuals must use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex listed on their birth certificate .
Council members called the bill an “overreach” by the state.
“This is one of the worst discrimination bills that we’ve seen in a long time,” said city council member, Sharon Hightower. “It’s not really about bathrooms, that’s to throw us off track.”
The new law also prevents city and county governments from passing anti-discrimination ordinances.
Dozens of people attended the meeting, holding up signs that read “Say no to HB2.”
“More North Carolina children are currently being harmed by the hate swirling around them right now than will ever be hurt by an imposter in a bathroom,” said one speaker who opposes the new law.
However, several people spoke in favor of HB2.
“It’s just seems elementary and common sense that everyone uses the bathroom of one’s own anatomy,” said Representative John Blust, a U.S. Congressional candidate.
“It just seems amazing to me that we’re having this much angst and problem on that one simple proposition,” Blust added.
“I believe allowing people to go in whatever bathroom they choose based on their sexual identity is treacherous,” said another speaker in favor of HB2.
The city council will send copies of the resolution to members of the General Assembly who represent Guilford County.