Whatever the stand on House Bill 2, acknowledge that the bill is badly written. The law simply doesn’t work.
For example, four states do not allow a modification of a birth certificate after sex reassignment surgery. At least six states do not require those who have had sex reassignment surgery to modify a birth certificate.
Therefore, birth certificates do not necessarily match external genitalia. An anatomically intact “male” could have a birth certificate stating gender as female.
In some of the states not requiring sex reassignment for birth certificate modification, minors (with parental support) can have their birth certificates changed. If these individuals attend North Carolina high schools or universities, HB2 mandates that they must use facilities that do not match their external genitalia.
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Equally as adults, these individuals are also mandated to use a bathroom or locker room based on a birth certificate not on external genitalia. This law does not even achieve the stated goals of its authors.