Charlotte Public Bathroom Proposal Stokes Debate Over Transgender Rights

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s largest city may pass a law allowing transgender people to choose public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, prompting the governor to call the measure a threat to public safety and warn that the General Assembly may step in.

The Charlotte City Council was expected to vote Monday on the proposal to revise the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance. The proposal includes a measure that would allow people to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said in an email Sunday that changing the policy on restrooms could “create major public safety issues.”

A statement from the advocacy group Equality NC says McCrory is pushing “debunked myths about transgender people” and bullying local government.