With the nationwide debate over North Carolina’s controversial “Bathroom Law,” it has become necessary for the federal government to intervene.

On Monday afternoon, the Federal Department of Justice announced that they would be launching a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina over the HB2 law that bars trans individuals from using the restroom which corresponds to their gender identity.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch led the charge against the state, offering a rousing show of support for trans individuals. Lynch said the law was “state-sponsored discrimination.”

Besides decrying the law, Lynch directly addressed Trans citizens, particularly those suffering the discrimination in North Carolina:

“We see you. We stand with you. We will do everything we can to protect you going forward … history is on your side.”

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com