(CNSNews.com) – The homosexual advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) delivered a letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Thursday following his signing into law the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act that designates public restrooms in schools and state facilities for use according to one’s biological sex, calling the legislation “discriminatory” and claiming it will make it more difficult for the state to attract the best workers and students.
“We write with concerns about legislation you signed into law this week, House Bill 2, which has overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination across North Carolina,” the letter said.
“We believe that HB 2 will make it far more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and retain the nation’s best and brightest workers and attract the most talented students from across the country,” the letter said.
Upon delivery of the letter, McCrory agreed to meet with Chad Griffin, president of HRC; Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC; and Candis Cox-Daniels, “a North Carolinian who is a transgender woman of color,” according to HRC.
“During the meeting, Governor McCrory heard firsthand the harm that he and the state legislature are inflicting on LGBT North Carolinians, and particularly transgender North Carolinians--through the enactment of this law,” the press release stated. “As a transgender woman of color, Cox-Daniels shared the lived experience and personal challenges she has faced.
“The three advocates urged Governor McCrory to convene a broader meeting with additional members of the LGBT community--and specifically transgender North Carolinians and their families--to discuss the impact of the radical and discriminatory new anti-LGBT law …” the press release added.
The list of CEO’s that signed onto the letter include some from well-known American corporations, including Kellogg Company, Levi Strauss & Company, Barnes and Noble, Northrop Grumman, Twitter, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Citibank, YouTube, Uber, Yahoo, Bank of America, Hilton Worldwide, American Airlines, Cisco Systems, Starbucks, Marriott International, Pandora Media, Inc., eBay and Facebook.
H.B. 2 states it is “an act to provide for single-sex multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities in schools and public agencies and to create statewide consistency in regulation of employment and public accommodations.”
It also states that those restrooms are to be used according to one’s biological sex – “the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.”
The law also allows for “accommodations” by allowing entities to provide single-use restrooms “upon a person’s request due to special circumstances.”