The state of North Carolina (or, at least, its GOP-lead legislature and Republican executive) seems to be itchin' for a showdown with the federal government over the legality of its controversial House Bill 2, the anti-LGBT "bathroom bill."
Given until Monday by the Justice Department to withdraw HB2, Governor Pat McCrory—who singed the bill after a breakneck special legislative session plopped it onto his desk in less than 24 hours—announced that he would, instead, counter-sue the DoJ. In announcing the suit, McCrory called the government's claim that the new law violates Title IX of the Civil Rights Act "baseless and blatant overreach."
McCrory's countersuit and general obstinance has been a source of tremendous vexation for civil rights advocates around the country, but acutely so for residents of his own state. There, the slogan "We Are Not This" has become a rallying cry for those who are appalled at the legislative actions being done in their name, but against their will. Among them is author Tristina Wright, who Monday afternoon took to Twitter to lay bare her frustration. In doing so, Wright highlights the context in which this latest stage in the fight against North Carolina's transphobic legislation is taking place.
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