Proposals Would Expand LGBT Protections In North Carolina

Proposals Would Expand LGBT Protections In North Carolina

4:05pm Mar 28, 2019
SEAN BUETER/WFDD

Gay rights advocates and their supporters at the legislature say expanding discrimination protections and repealing remnants of the North Carolina "bathroom bill" will make clear that LGBT people aren't second-class citizens.

House legislation includes a bill that would ban so-called “conversion therapy” for minors. It would prevent licensed counselors, social workers and psychiatrists from using their professions to attempt to alter a child’s sexual orientation.

Another bill would repeal the remnants of the controversial House Bill 2, which among other things directed transgender people to use public bathrooms in accordance with the gender on their birth certificates.

The law led to a backlash that included the loss of some high-profile sporting events. It was partially repealed two years ago. The new bill would end the restrictions that remain.

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