Open letter to Governor McCrory in North Carolina

March 24, 2016

 

 

Governor McCrory

20301 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Re:       Impact of House Bill 2

Dear Governor McCrory,

I am appalled by your rushed signing of House Bill 2. 

Allow me to introduce myself briefly.  I have earned three engineering degrees (BS, MS, PhD) from some of the finest universities in the United States, and have over 18 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industries, plus over 12 years in academia.  I am an Associate Professor of computing at a fine private University on the East Coast.

As a direct result of you signing this Bill, you can be assured that:

  • I will not look for employment or housing in North Carolina
  • I will not attend a professional conference in North Carolina
  • I will not go on vacation in North Carolina

At most, I might drive through your state and have to stop for lunch before going someplace else.  Why?

Because I am a transgender woman.

You have refused to educate yourself on the most basic aspects of the Bill before you, and instead insisted on signing one of the most patently offensive pieces of legislation since the Patriot Act.  Transgender people have a lower incidence of committing crimes in a bathroom than US Senators.  Most of the time we’re simply trying to avoid getting beat up for having to pee like anyone else.  Is that asking too much?

 

Sincerely,

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