Bathroom Bigots


When HB2 passed in North Carolina in 2016, transgender activists pointed out that the bill was addressing an imaginary problem, and that its passage would legitimize violence against transgender people, in particular transgender women. Though the bill was partially repealed the next year, the damage has been done. There are nearly no documented cases of transgender women using their transgender status to assault women in bathrooms, but a significant percentage of transgender women report being harassed over bathroom usage. It was only a matter of time before cisgender people were charged with assaulting transgender people in bathrooms, and these cases are documented here.

Case Summary

North Carolina v. Amber Harrell (Wake County (NC) Court — 19CR200262)
Awaiting Trial
25-February-2019
Amber Harrell, along with Jessica Fowler, allegedly assaulted a transgender woman in the women's bathroom of a popular North Carolina bar.
Amber N Harrell
a.k.a.
Amber Harrell
Sexual Battery
§ 14-27.33 (North Carolina Criminal Code)
Charged Up to 150 days
Kidnapping in the second degree
§ 14-39 (North Carolina Criminal Code)
Charged 15 months to 63 months
North Carolina v. Jessica Fowler (Wake County (NC) Court — 19CR200263)
Awaiting Trial
01-April-2019
Jessica Fowler, along with Amber Harrell, allegedly assaulted a transgender woman in the women's bathroom of a popular North Carolina bar.
Jessica L Fowler
a.k.a.
Jessica Fowler
Sexual Battery
§ 14-27.33 (North Carolina Criminal Code)
Charged Up to 150 days
Kidnapping in the second degree
§ 14-39 (North Carolina Criminal Code)
Charged 15 months to 63 months

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