How bathroom bills create a purposeless wedge issue


You may have seen this gender-neutral bathroom sign somewhere and felt an overwhelming sense of inclusion.

With the nation having pretty much wrapped up its discussion of gay marriage, conservatives are scrambling to find another wedge issue for future elections. North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 highlights just how desperate they are to find such an issue.

HB2, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill,” requires individuals in public places to use the restroom that matches the sex they were assigned at birth. It is widely seen as deliberately targeting transgender Americans. Because of this, the bill has attracted scathing criticism, including high-profile boycotts of the state by entertainers like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr. Continue reading