In response to North Carolina’s controversial law forcing individuals to use the bathroom that correlates to their birth gender, Wilton Manors commissioners have banned city-funded travel by employees to that state.

“We can’t just sit quietly by,” said Mayor Gary Resnick. The ban also includes layovers and applies to states like Mississippi that have similar laws. The mayor said he’s gotten comments from residents that the commission spends too much time on issues like this.

“I don’t care. I’m not going to be silent about it. I hope the states lose billions.” Resnick said he met North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory when he was mayor of Charlotte. “He didn’t seem like a bigot. I guess things change.”

The North Carolina law, HB 2, also prevents cities from passing laws that protect LGBT individuals. Resnick said that it wouldn’t be right to send LGBT city employees to states where they could be denied a meal, lodging or other services. He said he would not travel to a National League of Cities City Summit, scheduled to be held in North Carolina in November of 2017, if the law was still in place by then.

Since Governor Pat McCrory signed HB 2, numerous corporations and celebrities have said they would not perform or do business with the state. Some celebrities have also said they would perform as scheduled but use their events to show support for the LGBT community. On Twitter, comedian and actor Joel McHale announced he donated the proceeds of his North Carolina performance to the LGBTQ Center of Durham. The governors of Vermont, Connecticut and New York have also enacted travel bans. Locally the mayor of West Palm Beach enacted one.

“This is about everyone. How far back do we want to go?” asked Vice Mayor Scott Newton. Commissioner Justin Flippen said the issue was a matter of faith for him and called on others to be inclusive of those who are different.

The travel ban would also apply to commissioners. Commissioner Julie Carson said the ban needed to be passed but noted it would prevent a commissioner from going to North Carolina, at the city’s expense, to advocate for repeal of the law.

“It’s very likely we may be asked to do that,” she said.

On April 12, McCrory signed an executive order that allows municipalities to adopt ordinances that prohibit discrimination in housing and real estate and set their own employment policies.

On March 23, McCrory issued a statement defending HB 2. “The basic expectation of privacy in the most personal of settings, a restroom or locker room, for each gender was violated by government overreach and intrusion by the mayor and city council of Charlotte. This radical breach of trust and security under the false argument of equal access not only impacts the citizens of Charlotte but people who come to Charlotte to work, visit or play. This new government regulation defies common sense and basic community norms by allowing, for example, a man to use a woman's bathroom, shower or locker room.”

But opponents of the law say that forcing individuals, who are dressed to match their new gender identity, to use the bathroom assigned to them at birth will cause a lot more problems.

“This is distressing because I used the female restroom until it was not feasible for me to. Until I was getting pushed, shoved, slapped, screamed at every time I went into a female restroom,” said Payton McGarry in an interview on Democracy Now! McGarry, a 20-year-old female to male transgender activist, is suing the state over HB 2.

“So now, it’s putting me in a tough situation. It’s putting me in a situation where I have to choose between going into this distressing situation where I know harm to my well-being could come. I could be screamed at, shoved, slapped, beaten to a pulp essentially. Or I could break the law.”