Media Release: NQAPIA Applauds DOJ’s Federal Lawsuit Against North Carolina’s HB2

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 16, 2016
For More Information, Contact: Glenn D. Magpantay, glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org

New York, NY (May 16, 2016) — Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education released a historic letter confirming that Title IX protects transgender students from discrimination in educational settings. The U.S. Department of Justice also announced a federal lawsuit against North Carolina’s law HB2, which requires public schools and offices to refuse transgender people access to restroom facilities that match their gender identity. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) applauds these actions.

“The passage and implementation of HB2 in North Carolina is an outrageous insult, not only to transgender people, but to the values of equality and freedom that our country stands for. We are pleased the federal government has heeded the calls of grassroots activists and advocates and taken this important action,” said Glenn Magpantay, NQAPIA’s Executive Director.

“Not so long ago, we saw the very treatment occurring in North Carolina be used against people for the color of their skin. Although there is much more work to be done, as an organization serving LGBTQ people of color, we are happy to see trans people beginning to receive the same protections as all other Americans.”

NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.

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