It's very simple. If you have a penis you use the mens room. If you have a vagina you use the womens.
No, it's really NOT that simple.
I think the law was a silly one, and from what I've seen, doesn't seem to have been based off real, practical data, but rather paranoia.
This is true.
Look, as a citizen of the great (?) state of North Carolina, this law is a clusterfuck.
What happened is that the city of Charlotte, in its wisdom, passed a local ordinance basically saying that transgender citizens couldn't be barred from using a public restroom for the gender they identify with. This was not a problem, as it would result in all of the people who look like men using the men's room, and all of the women who look like women using the women's room. And besides, it was a Charlotte issue, so NOT an issue anywhere else in the state.
Then our super conservative, anti-LGBT state legislature called a special session to pass a new law, overturning the Charlotte ordinance, stating that people have to use the restroom of the gender they were born with. This will result now in people who look like men and people who look like women BY LAW having to use the other restroom in public. This was done on the pretense of "privacy" (whatever that means in the context of a public restroom) and the concerns over possible predator/assault situations happening in public restrooms - which is something that doesn't actually happen
, so this is a huge red herring. Much like our legislature's passing of the voter ID law, to prevent all of that voter fraud that doesn't actually happen.
Moreover, the law also states that LGBT citizens will NEVER be a protected class against discrimination in this state. In other words, you can be fired for being gay or transgender, and it will always be that way in our state.
Furthermore, the law states that municipalities are forbidden from passing their own local anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBT citizens, or anyone else.
There are also other odious parts of the law which aren't specific to the LGBT community.
So, it's a completely unnecessary and completely shitty law that was passed by a bunch of white male conservative Christians who can't abide the fact that there might be someone different somewhere in the world. It is being prodded by super-conservative Christian groups such as the Liberty Counsel, and partly in retaliation to the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling. Oh, and it's an election year.
I hate that so many entertainers are cancelling concerts here, but I also don't blame them for doing so. It will eventually result in our state losing a shit-ton of money. So it isn't actually helping anyone, and it hurting some of our citizens, and our state as a whole.