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Tuesday October 19th

N.c. General Assembly


N.C. General Assembly's three anti-trans bills follow a recent nationwide trend

In the past month, the N.C. General Assembly has introduced three bills seeking to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals, especially those who are transgender and gender-nonconforming, in sports, health care and gender-affirming care.  Though new to the North Carolina legislature, many of these bills draw parallels, or even originate directly from, bills passed in other states. A major concern among activists is that many of these bills, both in North Carolina and across the country, seem to increasingly target transgender youth.

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DTH Photo Illustration: Some N.C. senators recently announced the introduction of a Hate Crimes Prevention Act that would require states and local authorities to publish data on hate crimes.

Lawmakers file new bills to increase scope and scale of punishments for hate crimes

The mirrored bills would expand the definition of a hate crime and increase the scope and scale of punishments for hate crimes.  The introduced Hate Crimes Prevention Acts would also require law enforcement training on how to identify and respond to a hate crime.  Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said that this act would have impacted his department’s investigation of the 2015 murders of three Muslim students,  Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. 

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