In the summer of 2012, I was 17 years old and had just graduated from high school. My friends spent their last months of high school submitting college applications and receiving acceptance letters, and would soon be moving out of their family homes and into their freshman dorm rooms. It was all incredibly exciting.
We were in federal court in Winston-Salem, NC, yesterday morning to argue our motion for a preliminary injunction in our lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, House Bill 2, Carcaño v. McCrory.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced it is soliciting public comments on alternatives to the current policy that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they refrain from sex with men for a full year.
“All I want is to use the appropriate restroom, in peace, just like everyone else. It’s humiliating that this law separates me from my peers and treats me like a second-class citizen,” said Joaquín Carcaño, 28, a UNC-Chapel Hill employee and transgender man who is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.