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The religious freedom to discriminate against
transgender persons and many others in North Carolina:

Part 7

2016-AUG & SEP:
Canadian exhibition unveils gender-
neutral washrooms (Cont'd).
Federal District Court issued a
preliminary injunction against HB 2.
NCAA pulls seven championships
out of North Carolina.

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2016-AUG-24: Canadian National Exhibition unveils gender-neutral washrooms and new signage (Cont'd):

Virginia Ludy, the CNE’s general manager, said of the signs:

"I just absolutely love them because they’re so easy to understand. Anybody can use those washrooms." 1

Jack Hixson-Vulpe is an education and training specialist with The 519 Centre -- a facility that promotes services for the LGBTQ community. He said that the gender-neutral washrooms indicates that the CNE is introducing safer, more inclusive spaces, for sexual and gender minorities. He noted:

"There are places in the United States and we have issues in Canada where folks are being denied access to washrooms based on their lived identity."

During Pride Month, the Toronto Police Service unveiled a gender-neutral washroom in their headquarters on College Street, Toronto. Staff-Sgt. Ron Boyce said that meets a growing community need and is also intended to be a symbol of inclusivity. He commented that acceptance of the facility:

"Overall ... has been quite good. ... [We] have some people who will still be a little skeptical about using the washroom." 1

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2016-AUG-26: A Federal District Court issued a preliminary injunction:

Earlier in August, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of several transgender residents of North Carolina.

On AUG-26, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder issued a preliminary injunction against part of North Carolina's HB-2 law. He ordered the University of Carolina to not enforce sections of the law that required transgender students to use public washrooms opposite to their current gender identity.

This decision will undoubtedly be appealed to higher courts, and may even be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court at some time in the future.

German Lopez, writing for VOX Media, said:

"The court held that North Carolina's law likely violates federal civil rights protections, based in part on a previous ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. It also found evidence that the law would do harm on the plaintiffs if it was allowed to stand. Together, those two pieces sufficed for a preliminary injunction on the University of North Carolina's enforcement of the bathroom provisions -- although the court did not reach a clear decision on the ACLU's constitutional claims." 2

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2016-SEP-12: NCAA announces that it will relocate championship events from North Carolina to an out-of-state location:

According to Google:

"The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals." Their revenue during 2015 was U.S.$912.3 million.

The NCAA announced that it had decided to relocate seven championship events that had been previously scheduled to be held in North Carolina during the current school year. The decision was made in order to pressure the state government to repeal the HB 2 "bathroom"law. Although the law was promoted as anti-transgender, it in fact has far-reaching negative effects on the civil rights of women and many different minorities in the state.

According to NBC News, the state:

"... has hosted more men's basketball tournament games (251) than any other in the last 65 years."


Dr. Thad Williamson is an associate professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond. He wrote the book, "More Than a Game: Why North Carolina Basketball Means So Much to So Many." He said:

"College sports has been the biggest thing in North Carolina going back 70 years. For most people, it's the thing that bonds families together. Seats get passed down to grandkids. It's a huge part of everyday life in North Carolina." I think [the NCAA's decision] is going to get a lot of people speaking about HB2 and realizing that nationwide revulsion against this law is not going away anytime soon."

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Emma Margolin, writing for NBC News, discussed some of the economic losses being caused by relocations of All-Star games by the NBA and NCAA. They include:

  • A $100 million loss in tourism dollars.

  • A $285 million loss and a reduction of as many as 1,300 jobs in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

  • A $40 million loss in Raleigh.

  • Decision by PayPal and other companies to cancel major expansion plans in the state.

  • Cancellations by Bruce Springsteen and Itzhak Perlman and other musicians who had planned shows in the state.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is expected to discuss the cancellation of other sporting events in North Carolina. John Swofford, the ACC Commissioner, said:

"On a personal note, it's time for this bill to be repealed as it's counter to basic human rights."

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Nick Westoll, Canadian National Exhibition unveils gender-neutral washrooms, signage," Global News, 2016-AUG-24, at:
  2. German Lopez, "In landmark ruling, federal appeals court upholds protection for transgender student," Vox Media, 2016-APR-19, at:
  3. , "Will NCAA Pullout of North Carolina Be Final Straw for HB2 Bathroom Law?" NBC News, 2016-SEP-23, at:

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Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2016-AUG-20
Latest update : 2016-OCT-09
Author: B.A. Robinson

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