The Latest: Gov criticizes Charlotte schools for LBGT policy

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on LBGT issues in North Carolina (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

Charlotte Schools say students will be able to choose which restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities they use based on their preferred gender identity.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ revised policy guidelines for transgender students prompted a harsh critique from Gov. Pat McCrory’s office that the school system is purposely breaking state law that directs transgender people use the bathroom that aligns with sex on their birth certificate.

McCrory’s spokesman said in a news release that the school system should have waited for the results of pending federal lawsuits.

The city of Charlotte’s antidiscrimination ordinances for LGBT individuals prompted Republican lawmakers to pass the state law in March.

McCrory was mayor of Charlotte for 14 years.

4:20 a.m.

A coalition of LGBT advocacy groups pushing for the repeal of North Carolina’s law preventing local governments from passing anti-discrimination protections is gathering for another show of opposition against Republican lawmakers.

The Human Rights Campaign, Equality NC and TurnOUT! NC scheduled a “rally against hate” late Wednesday between the Legislative Building and the old Capitol building where Gov. Pat McCrory keeps his office.

Participants will honor the victims of the Orlando shooting at a gay night club where 49 people were killed. The participants will also call for full repeal of the law that also directs which bathrooms transgender people can use.

The Forward Together movement led by the state chapter of the NAACP held a similar vigil “against hate and discrimination” Monday.

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