North Carolinians responded angrily on Twitter to Republican-led legislation signed into law on Wednesday effectively barring protections that allow trans people from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.
The bill was a response to an ordinance by the city of Charlotte that put protections in place to let trans people use restrooms that fit their gender to avoid being bullied and placed in danger. In response, North Carolina Republicans made a law that blocks cities from passing LGBT protections, signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.
"Ordinance defied common sense, allowing men to use women’s bathroom/locker room for instance. That’s why I signed bipartisan bill to stop it," McCrory tweeted.
Though McCroy tried to characterize the legislation as bipartisan, WTVD confirmed that it was not only voted for exclusively by Republicans, state Democrats were so outraged they walked out on the legislature during the vote in an unprecedented protest.
North Carolinians reacted angrily on Twitter, using the hashtag #WeAreNotThis. One trans man illustrated the pit falls of the law by tweeting a picture of himself and saying the law now forces him to use a women's restroom.
@PatMcCroryNC It's now the law for me to share a restroom with your wife. #HB2 #trans #NorthCarolina #shameonNC https://t.co/4b4OdmfmeN— James Parker Sheffield (@James Parker Sheffield) 1458790647.0
Outraged residents weighed in as well, accusing the state legislature of embarrassing them and taking them backwards.
@PatMcCroryNC, you and the #NCGA are an embarrassment to #NC & an example of #biggovernment wasting our tax dollars. #WeAreNotThis #mccrony— heyoka (@heyoka) 1458829358.0
We simply have to get rid of this Neanderthal legislature and our spineless governor! Did he even READ this ridiculous bill? #WeAreNotThis— Jim Lawrence (@Jim Lawrence) 1458829293.0
I love my state but I'm really ashamed of it today. #WeAreNotThis— Sugarplum Carrie (@Sugarplum Carrie) 1458828845.0
Every time I think NC can't get any worse under @PatMcCroryNC ...disgusted! #WeAreNotThis https://t.co/nYcYW0ddlB— Cyndi Holcombe (@Cyndi Holcombe) 1458826859.0