NC transgender bathroom trial being pushed back

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A lawyer says that a trial over a North Carolina law governing transgender restroom access is being pushed back by several months.

James Esseks is a lawyer for the ACLU, which is representing two transgender students and an employee of North Carolina’s university system. Esseks says that a judge’s order on Friday means that the case is being pushed back from its November trial date until May. A docket entry for the court shows that a magistrate judge partly granted a request to delay the proceedings but doesn’t explain further.

The so-called HB2 law requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate, not their gender identity. It also limits other antidiscrimination protections for LGBT people.

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