State legislators across the U.S. have weighed in on the cultural debate over allowing self-described transgender men to enter restrooms and locker rooms designated for women and girls. In North Carolina, it is not only the issue itself causing controversy, but one of the activists pushing for change.
According to recent reports, Charlotte Business Guild president Chad Sevearance reacted harshly to the decision of local lawmakers to block an ordinance that would have created new protections based on gender identity. Sevearance, whose group has advocated for opening up bathrooms to individuals of the opposite anatomical gender, said the bill’s failure means that “someone can ask [him] to leave a restaurant because [he is] presumed to be gay or transgender.”
Beyond his rhetoric, many locals have noted that the activist is a registered sex offender convicted in 2000 of molesting a minor. Among the disturbing details of his trial is the assertion that he used his status as a youth pastor to fondle, assault or otherwise abuse multiple victims.