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Transgender Vietnam Vet Defies North Carolina Bathroom Law, Takes Selfie In Women’s Room

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

A Vietnam War veteran who transitioned from a man to a woman defied North Carolina’s bathroom bill by taking a selfie in the women’s bathroom at the Charlotte Government Center.

Janice Allison entered the women’s room May 23 to take a selfie in protest of HB2, which requires transgender people use the restroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate and bans local governments from making LGBT ordinances.

“We’ve been doing what we’ve been doing for many, many years and now all the sudden it’s wrong,” Allison explained to WBTV.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory previously defended the bill in an interview with WBTV, saying that people’s privacy was at risk. “Using a restroom facility or a locker-room is a very private matter and I think everyone is at risk regarding their own individual privacy,” he said.

“I refuse to use the men’s room. I will use the ladies room … I wanted to show that I defied [Governor Pat McCrory]. I wanted to show him that I’m not going to comply,” Allison said.

The vet routinely discusses the bathroom bill at city council meetings, and requested a meeting with McCrory to discuss HB2 and the possibility of repealing it.

“I don’t want to be labeled a child molester or a sexual predator,” Alison said.

Currently, North Carolina is being sued by the Department of Justice over HB2. Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated in May the bill fosters discrimination against transgenders.

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