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A photo illustration depicting two different House Bill 2 rallies. On the left: LGBT and pro-equality North Carolinians call for the repeal of HB2 on April 25, 2016 at the old state capitol building in Raleigh, NC; on the right: supporters of House Bill 2 gather outside the same building on April 11, 2016. It’s been a year since House Bill 2 advanced through the North Carolina General Assembly. The law requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate. The so-called bathroom bill is an intersection of gender identity, religion, politics and power. “A State Divided: HB2 and Transgender Rights,” takes a look at the unintended consequences this complicated chapter in North Carolina history continue to present.00000177-6edd-df44-a377-6fff44f60001Reporters: Jess Clark, Jason deBruyn, Rusty Jacobs, Jeff Tiberii, Jorge ValenciaMusic: Robin CopleyPhotos: Matt Couch, APEditors: Elizabeth Baier, Dave DeWitt, Brent WolfeHost & Executive Producer: Elizabeth BaierEditor’s Note: On March 30, 2017, legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly passed a measure that repealed House Bill 2. For full coverage, visit our HB2 archive here. For a closer look at how HB2 impacted North Carolina, click on the stories below.

All Our HB2 Coverage

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Restrooms have been in the news for the last year since North Carolina legislators passed HB2 on March 23, 2016.

House Bill 2 has had a significant impact on North Carolina's image and economy. WUNC - North Carolina Public Radio has covered the story since the law passed on March 23, 2016. 


House Bill 2 advanced through the North Carolina General Assembly last year and almost immediately became a divisive issue across the state.


A State Divided: HB2 & Transgender Rights - A Special Report

Among other things, the law requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate.

It's a controversial law that almost immediately set off a national debate about public safety, common sense, and government authority.

At the heart of the debate is the intersection of gender identity, religion, politics and power.

Here’s an archive of all our coverage:

The Law

Charlotte Expands Non-Discrimination Ordinance For LGBT Individuals (2/25/16)
LGBT Advocacy Groups Sue North Carolina Over New Bathroom Law (3/29/2016)
NC AG Refuses To Defend Controversial New Bathroom Law (2/29/2016)
Sifting Through The Facts On House Bill 2 (4/1/16)
WUNC Politics Podcast Launches With Discussion About HB2 Fallout (4/20/16)
NC Senate Leader Says He Will Not Consider Repealing HB2 (4/20/16)
Donald Trump Weighs In Against NC Bathroom Provision (4/21/16)
NC Voter ID, Budget Priorities And HB2 Controversy Continues (4/26/16)
Leading Lawmaker Calls For Voters To Decide HB2 (4/27/16)
U.S. Secretary Of Ed Denounces New North Carolina Discrimination Law (5/3/16)
DOJ: HB2 Violates The Civil Rights Act (5/4/16)
Political Junkie Ken Rudin: HB2 And Trump's Apparent Nomination (5/6/16)
North Carolina Sues DOJ Over LGBT Law; DOJ Sues Back (5/9/16)
DOJ Sues North Carolina After State's Lawsuit On House Bill 2 (5/9/16)
HB2: UNC Walks Fine Line Between Federal And State Authority (5/11/16)
NC House Democrats Seek to Expand State LGBT Protections (5/11/16)
The Week At The Legislature: HB2, Refugee Policy, And SolarBees (5/12/16)
WUNCPolitics Podcast: Three Views On HB2 (5/13/16)
Updates On House Bill 2 And State Budget Process (5/24/16)
Trump And Sanders Consider Debate: Political Junkie Ken Rudin (5/27/16)
Legislative Round-Up: Budget, Tuition and HB2 (6/1/16)
Lawmakers Revise HB2, Leave Transgender Bathroom Provision Intact (7/2/16)
Lawmakers Conclude Short Session; Budget Sent To Governor (7/5/16)
Legislative Rewind: A Look Back At The Short Session (7/5/16)
The Lesser Known Legislation Of 2016 (7/13/16)
Court Challenges To NC Laws (8/2/16)
National Political Roundup (9/15/16)
Third Republican Comes Out Against North Carolina 'Bathroom Bill' (9/16/16)
Hearing Set In North Carolina's HB2 Case(3/7/17)
Lawsuit Says 'Bathroom Bill' Effects Still Felt(7/21/17)
GOP Leaders Decry NC Governor's LGBT Rights Deal(10/18/17)

Transgender Rights

Providing Equality For Transgender People (3/2/16)
'Not Where I Belong': High School Students React To House Bill 2 (4/18/16)
The Public Health Implications Of House Bill 2 (4/21/16)
Q&A: A NC Teen On The Transition From Male To Female (5/11/16)
Queens Bring RuPaul's Drag Race To Durham (5/25/16)
Science And Gender Identity (6/2/16)
In Search Of NC's Identity: From Civil War Dance To Drag Queen Strut (6/9/16)
Stories With A Heartbeat: Episode 8: Classroom Conflict (7/1/16)
Shirlette Ammons Crosses The 'Language Barrier' (8/5/16)
Film Features Trans Life In Rural North Carolina (8/10/16)
How The U.S. Influences International LGBT Rights (9/1/16)
New Rules Incorporate Transgender Troops Into Armed Forces (10/3/16)
New Memoir Explores Transgender Man’s Battle For Sobriety(1/10/17)
20-Year Study Shows 'No Evidence' LGBTQ People Pose Public Threat (3/9/17)

HB2 Supporters and Opponents

Protesters Shut Down Chapel Hill Street As HB2 Backlash Continues (3/30/2016)
Hundreds Rally For HB2 And The GOP Lawmakers Who Approved It (4/12/16)
The Response Of Religious Communities To HB2 (4/22/16)
Chants Echo Across The Capitol, As Lawmakers Return To Raleigh (4/25/16)
North Carolinians Who Support HB2 Say They're Being Drowned Out (5/15/16)
Pastors Praise HB2, Criticize Civil Rights Comparisons (5/24/16)

Politics: NC's Gubernatorial Race

Political Junkie Ken Rudin Weighs In On North Carolina's House Bill 2 (4/1/16)
WUNCPolitics Podcast: Playing Politics With HB2 (4/29/16)
McCrory, Cooper Spar Over Taxes, Education During First Debate (6/23/16)
Legislative Update: HB2, Coal Ash, Light Rail (6/30/16)
McCrory Releases Campaign Ad: 'Are We Really Talking About This?' (9/7/16)
McCrory Leads Cooper In Latest Poll (9/19/16)
Post-Debate Political Roundup (9/27/16)
McCrory, Cooper Set To Meet For Second Gubernatorial Debate (10/11/16)
A Conversation With Gubernatorial Candidate Roy Cooper (10/24/16)
Josh Stein Competes For An Open Spot As Attorney General (10/26/16)
A Conversation With Governor Pat McCrory (10/27/16)
Days Before Election, McCrory Releases Flurry Of Announcements (11/4/16)
Cooper, McCrory Race Remains Locked In Undecided Battle (11/8/16)
McCrory And Cooper Race Still Undecided: Now What? (11/9/16)
NC Gubernatorial Race Remains In Limbo, Recount Still Likely (11/18/16)
Gov. Pat McCrory Concedes Election To Challenger Roy Cooper (12/5/16)
McCrory Concedes And Plans To Meet With Trump (12/6/16)

Business Fallout

Triad Responds To House Bill 2 (4/5/16)
PayPal Cancels NC Expansion Over HB2 (4/5/16)
Springsteen Cancels Greensboro Concert In Protest Of HB2 (4/8/16)
McCrory Makes Appeal To Businesses With Executive Action On HB2 (4/14/16)
Triangle Chambers Of Commerce Want House Bill 2 Repealed (4/25/16)
Greensboro Mayor Describes Local Effects Of House Bill 2 (5/4/16)
In North Carolina, Musicians Face Off Against HB2 (5/6/16)
Itzhak Perlman On Canceling In North Carolina: 'I Had To' (5/18/16)
Opera Comes To The NCGA (5/19/16)
Under Unwanted Spotlight, Some NC Businesses Promote Inclusivity (5/25/16)
NBA Objects To HB2, Moves All-Star Game From Charlotte (7/21/16)
NBA Pulls All-Star Game From Charlotte (7/22/16)
Former NC Supreme Court Justice Files Complaints Over NY Ads (7/27/16)
UK Plans To Open Trade Office In NC Amid Brexit, HB2 Backlash (7/29/16)
McCrory Says NC Chamber Helped Write HB2; Chamber Denies It(9/8/16)
NCAA Pulls Championships Out Of North Carolina, Cites HB2 (9/12/16)
ACC Follows NCAA; Pulls Athletic Championships Because of HB2 (9/14/16)
Cary Mayor: We're A Championship City With No Championships (9/14/16)
Six Months Into HB2, Small Business Owners Feel Economic Impact (9/30/16)
ACC To Consider NC As Event Host Again After LGBT Law Change (3/31/2017)
The NCAA Lifts Ban On Holding Events In NC After HB2 Repeal (4/4/2017)
NBA: Charlotte Eligible To Host All-Star Game Again (4/7/2017)
NCAA Awards Championship Bids To NC Cities (4/18/17)
HB2 Didn't Stop Tourists In 2016 (5/16/2017)
NBA All-Star Game Returns To Charlotte In 2019 (5/24/2017)
Tourism In Wake County Breaks Record in 2016 (7/17/2017)

Repeal Attempts

State Lawmakers Meet For Special Session To Consider HB2 Repeal (12/19/16)
HB2 Repeal In Question: General Assembly Meets Again (12/21/16)
State Lawmakers Fail To Repeal HB2 During Special Session (12/21/16)
No Immediate Plans To Reinstate Charlotte Ordinance (12/22/16)
Cooper Lays Out Plan For North Carolina In Televised Inaugural Address (1/7/17)
Gov. Cooper Still Faces Resistance With Latest HB2 Repeal Proposal (2/14/17)
NC Lawmakers File Bipartisan Bill To Repeal HB2 (2/22/17)
Bipartisan HB2 Repeal Bill Faces Significant Opposition (2/24/17)
This Week In NC Politics: Confirmations And New HB2 Repeal Bill (2/24/17)
This Week In NC Politics: Gov. Cooper's First State Of The State (3/17/17)
New WUNC Audio Doc Marks One Year Of HB2 (3/24/17)
This Week In NC Politics: HB2 Anniversary And First Cooper Veto (3/24/17)
Behind The Scenes Of HB2 Repeal Efforts (3/28/17)
NC Gov. Roy Cooper Signs Compromise Bill Repealing HB2 (3/28/17)
Political Roundup: HB2 Compromise, Russian Election Meddling Probe (3/31/17)

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