Carcaño v. McCrory
Angela Gilmore and Joaquin Carcaño
Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and the University of North Carolina, is on behalf of two transgender North Carolinians, Joaquín Carcaño, a UNC-Chapel Hill employee, and Payton McGarry, a UNC-Greensboro student; Angela Gilmore, a lesbian and North Carolina Central University law professor; and the ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina.
The plaintiffs allege that through HB 2, North Carolina sends a purposeful message that LGBT people are second-class citizens who are undeserving of the privacy, respect, and protections afforded others in the state. The complaint argues that HB 2 is unconstitutional because it violates the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment because it discriminates on the basis of sex and sexual orientation and is an invasion of privacy for transgender people. The law also violates Title IX by discriminating against students and school employees on the basis of sex.
- March 23, 2016 In one day, the North Carolina General Assembly passes HB2.
- March 28, 2016 Lambda Legal, the ACLU, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Equality North Carolina file suit.
Tara Borelli, Senior Attorney
Peter Renn, Staff Attorney
Kyle Palazzolo, Staff and HIV Project Attorney
ACLU of North Carolina
Christopher A. Brook
Joaquin Carcaño, Angela Gilmore, Peyton McCarry, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, Equality North Carolina