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Department of Justice stands behind transgender Americans

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke on behalf of the Justice Department on Monday. The address was in response to North Carolina’s HB 2, and the lawsuit they filed against the state for being in violation of two civil rights codes.

Lynch has called the North Carolina anti-trans law, “State sponsored discrimination.”

Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory was given until Monday, May 9, to either repeal the law or continue to endorse it.

McCrory decided to file a lawsuit of his own instead against the Department of Justice, saying in a Fox News interview that, “It’s the federal government being a bully.”

In her press conference, Lynch was specific in her terminology that President Obama, and the Department of Justice will not tolerate state sponsored laws of this kind, addressing transgender people specifically.

“Some of you have lived freely for decades,” Lynch said, “and others of you are still wondering how you can possibly live the lives you were born to live-to lead. But no matter how isolated, no matter how afraid, and no matter how alone you may feel today, know this: That the Department of Justice, and indeed the entire Obama administration want you to know that we see you, we stand with you, and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward.”

Lynch also went on to say that The United States was founded on the promise of equal rights for all, and history has always managed to move closer to that ideal.

She adds, “It may not be easy, but we’ll get there together.”

North Carolina’s HB 2 is a law that strips LGBT people of workplace protections and transgender individuals from using restrooms of which they feel most comfortable.

The Department of Justice found the state in violation of Title VII and Title IX of the US Civil Rights Act.