I’m a Trans Woman of Color, and I’ve Never Been More Scared to Live in North Carolina | LARA AMERICO, AS TOLD TO SAMANTHA MICHAELS  APR. 9, 2017 


Reflections on the state’s recent “compromise.”

Lara Americo has lived in North Carolina most of her life. The 32-year-old activist, artist, and musician was in Charlotte last year when state lawmakers passed one of the country’s most sweeping anti-LGBT laws, House Bill 2, which banned her from the women’s bathroom because she’s transgender. She was still there late last month, when they replaced that law with another one to appease critics who called it discriminatory. The new law was framed by the governor as a repeal, or a compromise, since it does not explicitly require trans women like Americo to use the men’s room. But LGBT activists have called it HB2.0 because it prevents cities like Charlotte from passing nondiscrimination ordinances that would guarantee her access to the women’s room. This week, Americo reached out to say that while the NCAA and others seem to believe the situation has improved for transgender people, she’s never been more scared to live in the Tar Heel State.

Source: I’m a Trans Woman of Color, and I’ve Never Been More Scared to Live in North Carolina | Mother Jones

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