Public Statement on HB 514

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2021
Contact: Kate Frauenfelder, kate@ncdp.org 

NC GOP’s Latest Anti-Trans Bill Continues “Loathsome War” On Transgender Youth

Editorials Scathe NCGA Republicans: “Anyone who wants to stuff children in rigid boxes in the name of gender conformity has no business making education policy.”

Taking a play out of Arkansas Republicans’ book, North Carolina Republicans in the General Assembly introduced two new bills that targets transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. Senate Bill 514, “Youth Health Protections Act,” would prevent doctors from performing gender confirmation surgery for transgender people younger than 21 and would require any government employee who is aware of a child displaying “gender nonconformity” to “immediately notify” their parents or guardians. Senate Bill 515, “Healthcare Heroes Conscience Protection Act,” would essentially grant medical providers a “license to discriminate” and refuse treatment – even life saving treatment – against LGBTQ+ people if they object to anything on the basis of conscience. 

NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson, NCDP Transgender Political Caucus President Angela Bridgman, and LGBTQ+ Democrats of NC Auxiliary President Ginger Walker released a joint statement on NCGA Republicans’ ongoing attacks. 

“These bills are yet another bigoted, cruel, and heartless attack by North Carolina Republicans aimed to stigmatize transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. Let us be clear: ability to access health care should not be restricted by a person’s gender identity. These hateful, targeted attacks by Republicans seeking to invade conversations between individuals and their doctors is inappropriate, and allowing doctors to openly discriminate against LGBTQ+ people ‘on the basis of conscience’ is flat out dangerous. North Carolina Democrats will continue to fight for a state where the LGBTQ+ community can thrive and live free of discrimination — not one that legislates hate.”

National editorials have slammed the bill calling it a “loathsome war” against transgender youth, where Republicans are “going back to their bottomless well of cruelty.” A Washington Post editorial writes: “Anyone who wants to stuff children in rigid boxes in the name of gender conformity has no business making education policy.” 

The bill joins the wave of attacks from Republicans on the transgender community. Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly have also introduced legislation that would prevent transgender youth from participating in sports. Experts say it “gets the science wrong.”

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2 More Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills Introduced

Two additional anti-LGBTQ+ bills were introduced by Republicans in the General Assembly on Monday.

  • SB 514 “Youth Health Protection Act” would prohibit transgender people under the age of 21 from receiving any trans-affirming care and penalize medical professionals who provide transition-related care. The bill additionally requires state employees, including public school teachers, counselors, and administrators, to share with students’ parents if they learn that a student may be transgender. The bill also protects the dangerous anti-LGBTQ practice of “conversion therapy.”
  • SB 515 “Health Care Heroes Conscience Protection Act” is an extreme bill that would allow any medical provider – defined so broadly to reach all health care entities as well as individual staff at hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, or pharmacies – to refuse to do anything they object to on the basis of conscience, including even providing information or referrals. It in effect establishes a broad and dangerous “license to discriminate” against LGBTQ people, pregnant people, or people of differing faith backgrounds.

The bill descriptive summaries used above are from NCisReady.org, a cooperative project of EqualityNC and the Campaign for Southern Equality. LGBTQ+ Democrats of NC is a cooperating organization in their efforts to pass local non-discrimination ordinances and fight anti-LGBTQ legislative efforts.

Go to https://ncisready.org/antilgbtq-bills to learn more about these harmful bills as well as the previously introduced anti-trans HB 358 and learn how you can take action to contact your legislators about these harmful and hateful bills introduced and supported by Republican members of our General Assembly.

As of time of publishing this post, both SB 514 and 515 have been referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations, which is frequently where bills introduced which the leadership would prefer to never get a hearing are sent to die. (This has been the practice in the years since HB 2 with other anti-LGBTQ bills which were introduced, but the leadership didn’t have a desire to have another controversy which could lead to boycotts and other negative impacts to the state such as were the result of HB 2.) But referral to that committee is no guarantee of safety. It is important that pressure be put on the Legislature to make sure these bills are never considered.

An update on HB 358, (in the House, not the Senate) was referred to the Judiciary 1 Committee. If it receives a favorable recommendation there, it will need to make it through 2 different Education Committees and the House Rules Committee before coming to the floor. The bill is currently on the Legislative Calendar to be heard in the Judiciary 1 Committee at noon on Wednesday, April 14th, but is labeled as “Discussion Only” so there isn’t an expectation of a vote on the bill that day.

HB 358 “Save Women’s Sports Act” directly attacks transgender youth in schools who seek to participate in sports by requiring students on middle, high school, and intercollegiate sport teams to participate in a team aligned with the sex assigned at birth. HB358 seeks to use invasive and inappropriate questions about youth and their sex assigned at birth as a way to enforce outdated generalizations about male and female bodies. The Act would impact all transgender and gender non-conforming athletes, but the rhetoric around the legislation specifically targets transgender girls.

Additional note: SB 514 is similar to ones under consideration in several other states and recently passed in Arkansas over the veto of its Republican Governor who deemed it “overreaching” where their bill only included patients under 18, NC’s version goes significantly older removing health care agency for younger adults.

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Transgender Day of Visibility 2021

We know that #TransRightsAreHumanRights and stand in solidarity with our Trans, Non-binary, and Genderfluid siblings against hate and oppression.

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4 Equality Bills introduced to NCGA

North Carolina Democrats stand strong with our LGBTQ+ community! We will continue the fight for equality in the #NCGA & in our communities until we end discrimination. Check out these bills introduced today – then call your legislators & urge them to support their passage: 919-733-4111 #NCisReady

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NCDP Chair, Transgender Caucus & LGBTQ+ Democrats Of NC Condemn House Bill 358

On the anniversary of HB2, Republicans in the North Carolina State House introduced House Bill 358, which targets transgender youth and seeks to ban transgender youth from participating in sports teams and athletics.

NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson, NCDP Transgender Political Caucus President Angela Bridgman, and LGBTQ+ Democrats of NC Auxiliary President Ginger Walker released a joint statement condemning the bill. 

“House Bill 358 has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with hate. On the five-year anniversary of one of the darkest days in our state’s history, Republicans in the General Assembly continue to promote baseless fears and target the transgender community. It’s cruel and deeply harmful, but North Carolina Democrats won’t stand for it. Young people across our state deserve the opportunity to participate in team sports, regardless of gender identity. We will continue to do everything we can to protect transgender youth, fight for equality, and call out Republicans in the General Assembly for their dangerous and partisan attacks.”

House Bill 358 follows a wave of bills across the country to block transgender athletes from participating in sports, but according to Dr. Eric Vilain, a pediatrician and geneticist who studies sex differences in athletes, “there are no good faith reasons to limit transgender women’s participation in sports, especially at the high school level.” She says the bills “aren’t based in scientific evidence” and “target women who have either a different biology or … simply look different.”

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Biden issues LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Executive Order

Among the first 17 Executive Orders issued by President Joe Biden shortly after inauguration was one which seeks to prevent and combat discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Click the image below to view the entire order.

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Learn more in an article from The Advocate: “On Day One, Biden Issues Order Against Anti-LGBTQ+ Discrimination

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