Marking a pivotal milestone in the so-called \u0022restroom wars,\u0022 rights attorneys are appearing in federal court in Winston-Salem on Monday to argue that North Carolina\u0026#039;s discriminatory bathroom ordinance is a dangerous violation of constitutional law and thus should be halted until an upcoming trial is concluded.\r\n\r\nPlaintiffs in the case include a half-dozen transgender North Carolina residents, who are being represented by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal as well as Paul Smith, a lawyer from the law firm of Jenner \u0026amp; Block.\r\n\r\nThe team, led by Smith, is arguing that the anti-LGBTQ law known as HB2, which requires transgender people in all public buildings to use restrooms that accord with the gender on their birth certificate, regardless of their gender identity, is in violation of federal statutory and constitutional law. Or, as James Esseks, director of the ACLU\u0026#039;s LGBT \u0026amp; HIV Project wrote Monday, \u0022simply put, the law bars transgender people from participation in public life.\u0022\r\n\r\nLead plaintiff Joaquin Carcaño, a project coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says he is unable to use a restroom while at work without causing \u0022consternation\u0022 and \u0022undermining his very identity.\u0022 The group is seeking a preliminary injunction on implementation of the ordinance until the November 14 trial.\r\n\r\n\u0022The idea that trans people should be shamed into self-exile or government imposed banishment from public life is what teaches us all — trans and non-trans — that it is okay to mock, dehumanize and in too many cases, hurt and even kill trans people.\u0022\r\n—Chase Strangio, ACLU\r\n\r\nIn a blog post on Monday, ACLU attorney Chase Strangio, who is part of the legal team as well as a transgender person, explained why the law is so hateful and dangerous:\r\n\r\n\r\nLike so many anti-trans laws, policies and messages we are confronted with, HB2 was animated by the lie that the state needed to protect women from men in women’s bathrooms. [...]\r\n\r\nWhen pushed on the reality that there are no public safety risks to extending legal protections to trans people, anti-trans lawmakers have made clear that the core of the problem is just the very existence of trans people in single-sex spaces. There is, they contend, a privacy interest for non-transgender people in not seeing and not being seen by a trans person.\u0026nbsp; It is that premise that is so dangerous.\r\n\r\nThe idea that trans people should be shamed into self-exile or government imposed banishment from public life is what teaches us all — trans and non-trans — that it is okay to mock, dehumanize and in too many cases, hurt and even kill trans people.\r\n\r\n\r\nSigned into law in March by Republican Governor Pat McCrory, the so-called \u0022hate bill\u0022 prompted similar discriminatory policies in Mississippi, Texas, and elsewhere, while also sparking widespread protests and rebuke, including from the Obama administration.\r\n\r\nMcCrory and other GOP leaders are defending the bill, but as WNCN reports, the effort does not have the support of Attorney General Roy Cooper, who said the bill has cost the state jobs and \u0022millions of dollars.\u0022\r\n\r\nBut Esseks reasoned that the \u0022restroom debates are not just a battleground for the LGBT movement, they are an opportunity.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022[W]e must engage America about restrooms if we’re going to make progress on protecting transgender people from discrimination. This is our chance to explain to the country who transgender people are, why restroom restrictions bar them from full participation in public life, and how no privacy or safety interests are violated in the process,\u0022 he wrote. \u0022That’s where Joaquín and his fellow plaintiffs come in—they can humanize this issue and help people get the problem.\u0022\r\n\r\nHowever, the Charlotte Observer warned on Monday that the judge overseeing the case, U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder, is an appointee of President George W. Bush who formerly represented tobacco companies and recently sided with the state GOP over the discriminatory (and now-defunct) voter ID law.\r\n\r\nEquality Case Files is providing Twitter updates on Monday\u0026#039;s court hearing.