North Carolina just passed a law that is generating a TON of attention in the state; perhaps the country. In short, the new law prevents cities from passing ordinances that allow people to use restrooms based on the gender they identify as. Rather, North Carolina now requires that people use the restroom of the sex they are.
I did some research and found this:
Sex is assigned at birth, refers to one’s biological status as either male or female, and is associated primarily with physical attributes such as chromosomes, hormone prevalence, and external and internal anatomy. Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for boys and men or girls and women. These influence the ways that people act, interact, and feel about themselves. While aspects of biological sex are similar across different cultures, aspects of gender may differ.
What North Carolina has done is define access to restrooms based on sex – not on gender.
As such, I feel that the distinction is one that honest and earnest people can disagree on, where a disagreement can exist without casting the opposing side as ‘extreme’, or ‘discriminating’ or even ‘hateful’.
Now, with that said, I firmly believe the law is less a response to a transgendered individual using a restroom as it is a response to a desire to prevent potential sexual predators from entering a restroom having nothing to do with transgender issues.
The protests and response to this law you are seeing in North Carolina is much ado about nothing. There is no discrimination. There is no hate.