(The sign on the right is in a Kroger grocery store in Texas. It has been there for more than 15 years. The same exist in Macy's and J.C Penny.)
Since South Carolina and North Carolina came out with their versions of "bathroom" bills, the response from organizations doing business in those states builds daily. Now, the United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, weighed in saying that federal government would sue the state over the law known as HB2.
Lynch, the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general, compared North Carolina’s new law to ". . . state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals who simply seek to engage in the most private of functions in a place of safety and security,” declaring:
"This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them – indeed, to protect all of us."
In response North Carolina's introduction of the law known as HB2, response from outside sources has been rapid and decisive. North Carolina and South Carolina are learning the hard way what their right-wing values get them in the end. Now just the proposal of a so-called “bathroom bill” in South Carolina prompted many companies to boycott the state.It doesn't stop there.
Basketball legend Charles Barkley is calling on the NBA to move the All-Star game from Raliegh, NC. Aside from Barkley, Openly gay CEO of Uphold, decided that he will move his company which has handled $830 million transactions in financial services to Los Angeles. That's just a touch of the hornet's nest the "bathroom bills" have stirred. South Carolina started it but now the weight is falling on North Carolina.
Now, companies such as Deutsche Bank, PayPal, General Electric, DOW Chemical, Pepsi, Hyatt, Levis Strauss & Co., Lionsgate, Hewlett Packard, Choice Hotels International, Bruce Springsteen and more big names joined in a boycott against the state because of its repressive and discriminatory sexual practices. In the Bible Belt, this new law is squelching profits and taking away jobs. Perhaps, the most embarrassing blow among those boycotts is the decision by XHamster, the largest pornography site in the United States, to stop all services in North Carolina.
It will be interesting to see if bucks or butts win out.