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North Carolina Announces Problematic Deal to Repeal Transgender Bathroom Bill

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The state's newly proposed HB2 repeal only leaves room for further discrimination.

Every queer's least favorite state, North Carolina, has been soiling its reputation by clinging to the HB2 bill that prevents LGBTQ people from using the bathroom of the gender they identify with. Mounting pressure from businesses threatening to boycott the state could reportedly cost the state upwards of $3.7 billion dollars, and the NCAA has given lawmakers 48 hours to resolve the issue before issuing a 6-year-long ban on sporting events in the region. Now, at last, it seems a repeal may be coming our way, though not without some disappointing caviats.

An announcement of a repeal plan was made late last night, though details were not provided, except for one: the deal would prevent individual cities from passing protections for LGBTQ people, instead transferring that power into the states, The Huffington Postreports.

The HRC tweeted today their discontent with the shady repeal, calling it "unacceptable:"

"The rumored HB2 'deal' does nothing more than double-down on discrimination and would ensure North Carolina remains the worst state in the nation for LGBTQ people," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "The consequences of this hateful law will only continue without full repeal of HB2. Sellouts cave under pressure. Leaders fight for what's right."

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (Dem.) said in a statement, "I support the House Bill 2 repeal compromise that will be introduced tomorrow. It's not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation."

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