HB2 prompts changes for CFCC bathrooms

HB2 prompts changes for CFCC bathrooms

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Cape Fear Community College has made some changes on campus to comply with the state's House Bill 2 law.

Governor Pat McCrory signed the controversial bill into law in March. It blocks cities from allowing transgender individuals from using public bathrooms for the sex they identify as. It also says "public agencies shall require every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility to be designated for and only used by persons based on their biological sex."

That created a problem at CFCC, since the campuses two unisex bathrooms (out of nine total) were multi-stall bathrooms. Users were already encouraged to lock the main entrance to these gender neutral bathrooms behind them, but CFCC is now changing it's permanent signs to say, "SINGLE OCCUPANCY USE - please lock the door for privacy," below an image identifying the bathroom as gender neutral.

Even though those unisex restrooms have multiple stalls, only one person will be allowed to use the room at a time. The gender neutral bathrooms were set up years ago at the request of a student for gender neutral restrooms. The college says the changes also kept them in compliance with federal law.

The unisex bathrooms on campus have both urinals and stalls. CFCC does not anticipate needing to make any other changes to the bathrooms because of HB2, but say they will continue to review the legislation.

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