Transgender student joins bathroom lawsuit

Winston-Salem, NC (WXII) Civil rights’ groups challenging house bill two have added several new plaintiffs to their lawsuit.

One of them is a student in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The newest voice of NC’s transgender community is a 17-yr old high school student at the school of the arts in Winston-Salem.

Hunter Schafer was born male and now identifies as female.

She lives in the girl’s dorm at school.

She says she has joined the lawsuit challenging house Bill 2 hoping her story will help people better understand the issue and as a result end discrimination against the transgender community.

"That’s part of what I want to do, is, you know, let people know what I’ve been through and what I’m going through and what this bill is doing to me, and all of a sudden, it becomes a real, a real thing and not just a concept," Schafer said.

"This bill is putting me in, uh, an uncomfortable and, like, law breaking position every time i use the restroom, and that’s not something i should have to put myself through," said Schafer.

The chancellor of the school the arts… Lindsay Bierman… Issued a statement saying in part…

‘Let me tell you this: no member of the School of the Arts community has ever had to face sanctioned discrimination or unjust treatment on this campus, and I’ll continue to make sure no one ever will…’

The chancellor’s statement also says this school and the entire UNC system is struggling with how to enact the new law.

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