NC House Bill 2 has raised quite a commotion and well it should. It blatantly discriminates and is a desperate reaction to the increased level of acceptance that the rest of our state and the country have adopted.

Yet I can’t help but wonder if this bill is simply a distraction. When I step back, it seems HB2 could be a ploy to keep us focused on bathrooms rather than other and potentially more egregious though less overtly visual forms of discrimination. For instance, why didn’t we all rally, boycott, mail letters and storm the legislature when our Governor decided not to expand Medicaid? Medicaid expansion would not only have significantly improved the lives of transgender individuals but also countless other disenfranchised members of our state denied the right to basic healthcare services.