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Baseless Anti-Trans Claims Fuel Adoption of Harmful Laws – Two Criminologists Explain

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University of California, Irvine

Originally published with Henry F. Fradella in The Conversation on June 5, 2023.

It has been seven years since North Carolina made headlines for enacting a “bathroom bill” – legislation intended to prevent transgender people from using restrooms that align with their gender identity.

After boycotts threatened to cost the state more than US$3.7 billion, legislators repealed the law in 2017. Since then, however, religious and political conservatives have successfully spread an anti-trans moral panic, or irrational fear, across the United States.