MADISON, W.Va. — An online petition started by Boone County Delegate Joshua Nelson regarding the recent release of federal guidelines for bathroom policy involving transgendered people had, by May 16, garnered nearly 4,000 digital signatures.
A recent law passed in North Carolina known as “House Bill Two” would require its citizens to use public restroom facilities that correspond to the gender marked on their birth certificate rather than the facility they feel corresponds to their gender identity.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch responded with a civil rights law suit which seeks to stop implication of House Bill Two.
Lynch noted the state of North Carolina, “…created state-sponsored discrimination against transgendered individuals who simply seek to engage in the most private of functions in a place of safety and security — a right taken for granted by most of us.”
Lynch added her department holds the ability to withhold federal funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina.
Nelson started his petition May 13 asking for support to encourage the state of West Virginia to buck the recently released federal gender guidelines for restrooms in public schools.
In an open letter to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Nelson acknowledged the possibility of losing federal funds saying, “…this is an issue that is worth standing up over.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]