Raleigh — Governor Cooper vetoed three bills today that target transgender youth: House Bill 574, which would prevent transgender youth from participating in team sports that align with their gender identity; House Bill 808, a ban on gender-affirming care for minors; and Senate Bill 49, which would limit discussions of gender and sexuality in schools and require teachers to out students to their parents.  

Regarding Governor Cooper's vetoes, Senior Policy Counsel of the ACLU of NC Liz Barber issued the following statement:   

“Trans youth deserve to have the same rights as their cisgender peers. The ACLU is currently tracking 491 anti-LGBTQ bills across the country, and North Carolina has already passed three of them. Legislators are using their power to bully an already vulnerable community, and Governor Cooper has taken an important step by vetoing these bills. We must continue to stand up for trans youth in our state.”