San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee has banned city employees from traveling to North Carolina after that state passed a “transgender” bill.
North Carolina’s House Bill 2 was signed by Republican Governor Pat McCrory on Wednesday. It prohibits people from using restroom facilities designed for the opposite sex, regardless of a person’s “gender identity.” The bill overturned a Charlotte, North Carolina ordinance that allowed a person to use whichever restroom or locker room that coincided with that person’s “gender identity.”
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San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee had this to say on the matter:
“We are standing united as San Franciscans to condemn North Carolina’s new discriminatory law that turns back the clock on protecting the rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Effective immediately, I am directing City Departments under my authority to bar any publicly-funded City employee travel to the State of North Carolina that is not absolutely essential to public health and safety.
I believe strongly that we should be adding more protections to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the United States, not taking them away.
With other states like Georgia on the verge of passing more discriminatory laws, let me be clear that San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in any City or State.”
Last year, the mayor had banned city employees from traveling to Indiana after that state had passed their Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Travel was restored once the Hoosier state had amended their legislation.
It’s not clear what effect Mayor Edwin Lee’s travel ban will have on his city employees.
Barring publicly-funded City employee travel to North Carolina due to new discriminatory law against LGBT community https://t.co/F1t2vAMHGv
— Edwin Lee (@mayoredlee) March 25, 2016