Transgender Woman's 'Illegal' Bathroom Trip Becomes A Rallying Cry For Equality

“Governor McCrory can't even enforce his law in his house.”

North Carolina's "bathroom law" limits transgender people to using the public restrooms intended for the gender listed on their birth certificate, but as one transgender activist recently pointed out, the law isn't totally enforceable.

Mara Keisling, the Executive Director for the National Center for Transgender Equality, visited the state capitol building in Raleigh on Monday to protest the controversial law, known as House Bill 2 (HB2).

When she went to the bathroom at the capitol, Keisling had a choice: she could either follow the contentious law and use the men's room, or she could follow her heart and protest the law by using the women's room.

"And... I used the women's room in the governor's office," Keisling wrote on Facebook. "Governor McCrory can't even enforce his law in his house."

Keisling included a photo of the ladies' bathroom door with her Facebook message.


"It was uneventful," Keisling told Buzzfeed News. "No one was bothered, because when I go to the bathroom, I do my business, I mind my own business, and then I go about my business."

When she told people in the capitol that she used the women's restroom, Keisling says that a nearby cop did nothing. While Keisling proved that the law is not particularly enforceable, her point is that the law shouldn't exist in the first place.

"There's never been a problem with transgender people using the bathroom," Keisling said, via The Huffington Post. "No one comes home from work and says, 'Oh honey, there were so many issues with transgender people in the bathroom today.'"

Keisling stayed in the capitol for a peaceful sit-in to protest the law. She was one of three dozen protesters arrested at the capitol for failing to leave the building after it closed for the night.

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