It’s been almost two months since our home state started making national news – and the controversy over transgender bathrooms and LGBT rights is only continuing to heat up. On February 22, 2016, Charlotte, NC passed a city-wide ordinance expanding the state’s anti-discrimination laws so that LGBT persons would also be granted protection in places of “public accommodation.” As a direct response, North Carolina’s General Assembly proposed and passed House Bill 2 (HB2) shortly thereafter. Now known as the “bathroom bill,” HB2 repealed Charlotte’s local ordinance which would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify as. Instead, it made HB2 the final word on North Carolina law -overriding cities and local governments- and restricted protection from discrimination solely based on “race, religion, national origin, color, age, biological sex, and handicaps.”
Needless to say, North Carolina and its Governor, Pat McCory, have been in the national spotlight ever since, sparking intense debate over LGBT rights versus the safety and privacy of others in public restrooms. One side is arguing for full inclusion, promoting that men should be able to use women’s restrooms and vice versa if that’s how they internally identify. Others believe this opens up a host of safety issues and privacy concerns for vulnerable citizens like women and children, who may be taken advantage of by predators and other offenders. Hoping to bring both sides together, Portable Restroom Trailers, LLC has spent the last few weeks educating clients and consumers on unisex bathroom and unisex shower trailer units. We have also been increasing in-stock unisex restroom inventory, while ordering/delivering custom units in the meantime.
“It’s amazing to see how much controversy our state has sparked,” says Portable Restroom Trailers, LLC’s Operations Manager, Teri Pahon. “While much of the media coverage has been focused on Charlotte’s local ordinance and North Carolina’s response, this is a conversation that’s occurring in cities around the country; we hear it every day from customers. How do we allow transgender people to use public facilities, while maintaining a safe environment for women and children? To be honest, it’s a simple answer−and we want to make sure municipalities, venue locations, and other organizations know about the options available to them. We have a wide selection of unisex bathroom and shower trailer units that feature private stalls for men, women, or transgender persons. They can be used as a permanent solution or a temporary facility and they are truly the most cost effective way to appease both sides of the debate while offering clean, sanitary facilities to all. We are working hard to get the word out and foster a conversation that educates people there is already a solution available that bridges the gap.”
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