Judge Blocks UNC’s Anti-Trans ‘Bathroom Bill’

A federal court on Friday blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing a controversial provision of the HB2 law, which prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. The students and members of the UNC faculty brought the case to court, along with North Carolina residents and representatives from the ACLU, who protested the university’s anti-transgender bathroom policy. Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled that transgender students and faculty should be able to use the bathrooms of their preference, in keeping with the “status quo ante in North Carolina in recent years: some transgender individuals have been quietly using bathrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity, without public awareness or incident.”