When North Carolina passed the anti-trans ‘bathroom bill’, I noted this was a Trojan Horse:
Note the part I’ve emphasized:
HB 2, which passed in a special session, would set a statewide anti-discrimination policy, banning employers and businesses from discriminating against employees or customers based on their race, color, country of origin, religion, age or “biological sex.” The bill offers no protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and prevents local governments from passing any nondiscrimination policy that goes beyond the statewide standard.
The bill also pre-empts local employment ordinances governing wages, benefits, employee protections and leave policies. It would prevent schools from allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
The law also prohibits local ordinances regarding child labor.
Basically, assholes like businessman Art Pope used anti-LGBT bigotry to pass anti-worker legislation without a lot of people noticing (or caring–some people value their bigotry more than their welfare).
Well, six weeks after I wrote this, the Washington Post finally published a story recognizing the same thing.
My point is not claim that I’m SOOPAH SMAHT (I’m not). But the reason I figured this out is because I read the damn bill. It was three pages long and not very complicated. Yet the Post has been covering this story for weeks, and, as far as I can tell, no one really ever bothered to read the damn thing at the Post.
Moral of the story: always read the primary literature. Always.