There's Just One Word to Describe Loretta Lynch's Defense of Trans Rights: Fierce
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered a powerful message on Monday regarding North Carolina's discriminatory bathroom bill, proving that she is a major force in upholding transgender rights.
The controversial bill passed in March bans people from using public bathrooms that do not correspond with their biological sex. Lynch argued the law legislated identity, insisting a person should be someone or something they are not.
"They created state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals who simply seek to engage in the most private of functions in a place of safety and security," she declared in a statement to the press adding, "A right taken for granted by us."
Lynch announced the Justice Department would be filing a civil rights lawsuit against the state of North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina declaring the restroom restriction discriminatory and calling for a statewide bar on its enforcement. Read her full statement here.
She also noted that the department would also maintain the option to curtail federal funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina.
In a rousing speech on the latest civil rights struggle of our time, her closing words to the transgender community proved to be the most moving.
"But no matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama Administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward," she said. "Please know that history is on your side."
And we are, too.
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