2-Minute Charlotte gets you caught up on the day’s most important local news before your coffee has a chance to cool down. Today’s edition: 379 words. Expected reading time: 1 minute, 53 seconds.
The city of Charlotte may have punted on taking a position about where transgender people will be allowed to use public restrooms, but three major sports venues in the area have not. Bank of America Stadium, BB&T Ballpark and Charlotte Motor Speedway will all allow transgender men and women to use the bathroom of their gender identity.
THE BACK STORY: Back in March, there was a hugely controversial Charlotte City Council meeting where they were considering a nondiscrimination ordinance. The measure would have added sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in the city. But the biggest point of contention was whether it should be formal policy to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identity. After hours of debate, the council removed the bathroom provision but still ended up voting the whole thing down anyway. Since then, prominent LGBT activists have lobbied for the expansion of rights for transgender people in the city.
WHY THIS MATTERS: The issue of rights for transgender people has been evolving rapidly this year. So much has happened even since the debate this spring showed that the matter was divisive in Charlotte. Caitlyn Jenner has made the issue prominent nationally, and now Charlotte is taking a leading role on it in the influential sports world.
What people are talking about
KERRICK TRIAL OPENING STATEMENTS TODAY: The trial of the CMPD officer who shot and killed unarmed Jonathan Ferrell gets underway in earnest today with opening statements from both sides. The state’s first witness could also take the stand.
REST IN PEACE JOHN CROSLAND JR.: The prominent real estate developer passed away over the weekend at age 86. He and his company were responsible for developing Stonecrest and Blakeney and renovating Latta Arcade.
What to watch for
MAYBE THAT APARTMENT BUBBLE WILL BURST: Turns out the 20,000 apartment units either planned or under construction in Charlotte is going to have a huge effect on the rental market. A new report shows that vacancy will rise and rents will level off over the next few years. Heads up, the 40 percent of people in Mecklenburg County who are renters.
REVENGE PORN LAW: Looks like the state legislature is all set to pass a law banning the spread of naked pictures meant to embarrass or hurt someone. All that’s left is to decide the penalty.