Appeal for more relief for North Carolina transgender people

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Advocacy groups are asking an appeals court to expand a favorable ruling on transgender restroom access to cover people across North Carolina.

Their move comes after a federal judge ruled preliminarily that two transgender students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses. He’ll make his final decision after the case goes to trial in November.

The advocacy groups said Monday the injunction is an important step, but they’re asking a federal appeals court to extend protections to all of North Carolina’s transgender residents.

The North Carolina law passed in March requires transgender people to use restrooms in schools and many public buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, rather than their gender identity.

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