NY Student Banned From Traveling to NC Because State Does Not Allow Men in Women’s Restrooms

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A medical student in New York has been prohibited from traveling to North Carolina to participate in a pharmacy program due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ban on non-essential government travel to the state due to his objections to its “bathroom bill,” which restricts men from using women’s restrooms and vice versa.

University of Buffalo pharmacy student Christine Piccione had desired to perform her rotations at UNC Chapel Hill, which she believes has the best pharmacy program in the country.

But as the University of Buffalo is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, she was told by SUNY legal counsel that her visit would be considered state-sponsored travel, and would therefore be prohibited.

As previously reported, in late March, following controversy over North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which requires those who identify as transgender to present their birth certificate before using restrooms in government buildings that correlate with their “gender identity,” Gov. Cuomo banned any non-compulsory government travel to the state.

“Whereas the state of North Carolina has enacted legislation to bar transgender persons from using bathrooms and changing facilities corresponding to such persons’ gender identities,” the order read in part, “I, Andrew M. Cuomo, … do hereby order and direct all agencies, departments, boards, authorities and commissions … to bar any such publicly funded or publicly sponsored travel to such location, unless such travel is necessary for the enforcement of New York State law, to meet prior contractual obligations, or for the protection of public health, welfare, and safety.”

Piccione told local television station WGRZ that she has tried a number of avenues to seek permission to travel to North Carolina, including writing the governor and having other students send letters of support, but she has not had any success.

A spokesperson for the university also confirmed to the outlet that the student has not been permitted to do her rotation in North Carolina due to Cuomo’s restrictions.

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“Options available locally, as well as in other states, provide a level of training equivalent to opportunities available in North Carolina,” they stated. “We are confident that students receive a level of clinical training that is equivalent to the options available in North Carolina.”

Piccione says she thinks it is unfair that she cannot be free to obtain what she feels is the best education possible simply because of the university’s location.

“I definitely think it does put me at a disadvantage. I’m going to be competing against the top students in the country for jobs, and I just don’t think it’s fair that I don’t get that opportunity when we can travel anywhere else in the country—anywhere else in the world even—and I can’t travel to one state in my own country,” she lamented.


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Americans bullying the fellow Americans for not-supporting the dangerous mentally ill decadence. So sad. Americans differ from each other too much in this sense. Aiming mere co-existence always brings tyranny by evil because humans are sinners. America should aim what is good and right instead of a mere co-existence. This is also the difference between the Christian West and secular West. Tyrannical liberals make co-existence impossible because they demand submission to evil. American should not submit to sodomites or to atheists but to God alone, as the nation’s founding documents says. America must live out its creation purpose to be right. .

    • johndoe

      Gays and atheists have the same rights as other Americans. NY has a policy regarding discrimination and it’s their right to not support it by spending their money in those states.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Men should not go into women’s restrooms. Period. Objective truth should be valued more than Americans’ mental illness. Let American men go into women’s restrooms in the Middle East or in Russia instead of making North Carolina suffer.

        • Balerion

          So what about someone who is by all outward appearances a man (and identifies as such) but was born with female genitalia? Which bathroom are they supposed to use?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            She should dress like a woman and use woman’s washroom. Americans are being bored because their mainland was never under attack. Typical bored rich people. Stop being bored and wake up and live like normal humans.

          • Balerion

            You should just mind your own damn business instead.

          • charlie

            Then they should act like a woman, because that what they are. Go to the woman’s bathroom. You are trying to make a point that ha been proven not to work.

          • Balerion

            And just how would you tell just by looking at them with their clothes on what parts they have between their legs? (Or what parts they were born with, as they may have had surgery since). Are you going to check? Are you going to have people standing outside of public restrooms checking people’s genitalia?

            Never mind that as of 2017 more republican lawmakers have been busted for inappropriate conduct in restrooms than transgender people.

      • Shosh 7154

        Where I live, the presence of a man in a woman’s public restroom is not legal and will end badly for that man who will not be offered the option of using a woman’s bathroom in jail. Most parents do not want their daughters exposed to men in public restrooms.

        • johndoe

          Sure it would. If I had a dime every time that was posted….,,

          • Shosh 7154

            You should hear what police officers say about a man in a woman’s bathroom. They know. And now our President will back the officers who take action against perversion that always leads to someone getting hurt, even young girls who are traumatized by it.

        • Balerion

          Indeed. Chaz Bono has no place in the women’s room, which is why he uses the men’s room.

          • Shosh 7154

            what a horrifying and unspeakable moment awaits her when she stands before the G-d Who gave her life

      • charlie

        I would be ashamed to tell my name too, john doe hahahaha. If you would learn to read, you could find the truth.

        • johndoe

          Sure….whatever

  • Nidalap

    A medical student travel ban in order to promote a mental illness.
    Nice…

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      American men need Christian values to be manly.

  • johndoe

    That’s a shame but NC brought this on itself.

    • Leslie

      It’s not the Governors job to restrict free travel of free citizens. Sounds like a dictatorship or a Communist state to me. So they won’t let you out? I would probably check with Chapel Hill and see if they would take me as a transfer student. A Governor is not going to tell me where I can and cannot travel in the USA. It’s a unisex bathroom bill not a trans bill. No one ever knew if a trans person was in the bathroom with them and I’m not showering with strange men or dropping my pants in a Unisex bathroom. Tried it didn’t like it.

      • johndoe

        If it’s on the governors dime….

        • Shosh 7154

          and where does the governor get his “dime” ?

    • Royce E. Van Blaricome

      Typical Liberal. Shifting the blame. Nice try and deception and distraction. The Truth is Cuomo brought “this” on the student.

      • johndoe

        NC chose their bigotry. Nobody else to blame. Definitely not a liberal.

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          NC chose reality, common sense, and love over denial, ignorance, and evil.

          Cuomo chose to harm an innocent woman trying to further her education for the good of others.

          So I don’t know what you call yourself but your comments are VERY reflective of a Liberal.

    • Shosh 7154

      Did you ask your daughter how she feels about men entering women’s public restrooms?

      • johndoe

        My two teenage daughters don’t have an issue with it. Thanks for asking.

        • Shosh 7154

          only a matter of time

        • Scott Davenport

          Because they probably have more facial hair than you do……

          • johndoe

            What a sweet comment about my daughters! You must be a christian.

          • The General

            If you’ve spent any time on Christian blogs, you’ll notice a pattern: the gays who hang out on such sites 24/7 always claim to be married (to a woman, that is), and they always have two teenage daughters. Never seen an exception. Married to a woman, just once, and TWO daughters. Apparently they’re not very creative when it comes to fabricating personae for the web.

        • The General

          Liar

          • johndoe

            Riiight. I have 14 and 16 y/o daughters who have no issue at all with transgenders using the same restroom at the same time. Are you a psychic?

  • Fred Cox

    Perhaps UNC might be sympathetic to her plight and grant her transfer of earned credits and equivalent scholarship or grants for her to attend there… NY might lose another potentially very productive human resource, but does NY government really care?

    • Shosh 7154

      Only to the extent that it affects Mr. Cuomo’s paycheck.

  • Victoria Martin

    Sorry, I don’t get the connection. A medical student is banned because of a unisex bathroom law? I was waiting to hear that it was because she is a transgender and they don’t want her using the women’s bathroom. But the article didn’t say that. Is it a boycott? This just doesn’t make sense.

    • RWH

      The student can still go to North Carolina. She just can’t use the work there as part of the requirements for her degree. I’m sure there are a lot of other places that will do nicely.

      • Shosh 7154

        Will your daughter feel comfortable in a public restroom with men ? Because if she is not in agreement with men in her bathroom, Cuomo will bar her from state sponsored funds if she tries to complete her professional training in a state that does NOT allow men legal access to womens’ restrooms.

        • RWH

          Restrooms are not the issue. The issue is accreditation. Programs such as this one have some stringent rules for nondiscrimination. A department which breaks the rules, will lose its accreditation, and as a result, its graduates will not get employment. In addition, as a state agency, the University needs to comply with government policy as its funding depends on it.

          This lady can do whatever she wants to do. She just can’t use the experience to meet a requirement for her degree. This is a field experience, not a course, and any institution has the right to determine what it will receive for degree completion requirements. In addition, you can’t tell me that this particular program is the only one to meet her needs. With the size and resources of New York, you can’t tell me that North Carolina has something that hospitals in New York City don’t have.

          • Shosh 7154

            The end of perversion is anguish and agony to the one who is carrying out the perversion and to the one who is the object of the perversion. You can see it even from a totally unexpected source, like this young woman who wants to attend the professional institution of her choice, but choice is no longer available to her.

          • RWH

            The choice will always be available to her. She can still go to that program. It’s just that this experience won’t count toward her degree. She can still use it on her resume to make her look like she is better qualified for whatever job she wants. She simply just can’t apply that experience to her requirements for graduation. An academic department can determine what counts and what does not count toward a degree. A lot of these degrees depend on external certification requirements. Others have tried to buck the system, and they all have lost. Courts are not going to get involved with accreditation requirements and course requirements for getting a degree unless someone has been treated differently than others.

    • Shosh 7154

      State-sponsored student cannot go to another state to continue sponsored education because that state is currently being punished by Cuomo who requires North Carolina to allow men legal access to womens’ bathrooms

    • Balerion

      The state just isn’t going to pay for it.

  • Mitch Christian

    Sooooooo, let me get this straight. The title should be Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds mentally challenged student hostage in New York for political reasons. Just because it is to stupid to know which bathroom to use. And he wants the lying news media to back him. “Donald Trump The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

    • Royce E. Van Blaricome

      Did you even read the article. If you really want to get it straight, you better go back and read it again. Your post makes NO sense!

      • FHRITP

        Neither do yours, usually.

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          Well now, wasn’t that an edifying response! Given the source of the response, I’ll just consider it for what it is.

          And btw, let it be noted that the OP I replied to has been changed.

  • antifasciste

    I call shenanigans, everyone knows Creighton University has the best Pharmacy program in the country, and here in NE we’re not obsessed with the particular bathroom in which people deficate. We also implement the whacky concept of gender neutral restrooms.

    • Shosh 7154

      And your daughter is on display for any man in her bathroom.

      • antifasciste

        If I had a daughter, her mother and I would teach her to close the door of the stall.

        • Shosh 7154

          I can see a person seated simply by standing at the bathroom sink looking in the mirrored reflection of doors that frequently are widely spaced. In fact it is not uncommon for women to drape toilet paper over the spacing for privacy. There are many ways for a man to take advantage of a child in a woman’s bathroom. Your statement is the sound of alarm which is ringing throughout our land and even the entire world. The Messiah’s return is in our day and very soon now…

          ACCORDING TO THIS PROPHECY IN MATTHEW 24
          THE LORD JESUS WILL RETURN IN OUR LIFETIME

          Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
          Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
          Matthew 24:32 Now learn a lesson from the fig tree; When its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near:
          Matthew 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
          Matthew 24:34 Truthfully I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
          WHO IS THE FIG TREE ? Israel is the Fig Tree
          FIG TREE: Hosea 9:10 …Like the first fruit on the fig tree, in its first season, I (God) saw your fathers (Israel)
          The generation alive to see Israel become a nation is the 1948 generation which will NOT pass away before the Son of Man, the Messiah returns. I looked up the average age at death :

          81 years for females 76 years for males
          I added 81 to the year 1948 which is the year Israel the fig tree came back as a nation which brings us to the year 2029.
          I subtracted the current year 2016 from the year 2029. The result is we have approximately 13 years before the Messiah (Jesus) returns.
          This is an ivitation. Will you call on Jesus today? For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
          Lord Jesus, please accept me and become my Lord and my Saviour. I know You were judged and punished for my sins, so that on Judgement Day, I will not be found guilty because You took my place in Hell when You died and on the third day rose from the grave to provide eternal life for me with You. Jesus, I am professing You now as my Lord and my Saviour. Please give me a new heart and put Your Spirit in me to help me learn to know You and to follow You forever. Amein
          If you asked the Lord to do these things, all of Heaven is celebrating your new birth into God’s own family and His Kingdom right now. Please read what Jesus says in His book about you so you can see how much He loves you. May the God of all life lead you and guide you and protect you, satisfy your needs and fill you with His joy at this moment and send you many strong teachers, in Jesus’ name. Amein

          • antifasciste

            It is very interesting, you seem to be the first person, who identifies as a Christian, on this site to respond in a reasonably positive manner. I can’t imagine Jesus responding to the doubters or skeptics with name calling or “why are you here?”. IMO, you seem to be the most Christ like person I’ve encountered here. Thank-you.

          • Shosh 7154

            I am honored to meet you antifasciste !!! Jesus has become my Best Friend and “His personality pulsates in every word” in His book as Albert Einstein once said of Jesus. I know how much He loves you personally antifasciste…He wrote about you here: Job 14:15 “You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, the creature Your hands made.” It is my hope that you will read the Invitation I posted and fulfill this verse…Job 14:15 You would call and I would answer,….

  • Becky

    Tip of the iceberg.

    One day the US Constitution will become null and void. According to scripture the whole world will live under one law…one power…an evil power…and the freedoms we have today will be a thing of the past. These are the days to take advantage of our current freedom to study God’s word daily…prayerfully…peacefully.

    • Faithwalker

      Amen!

  • Governmental Deception

    Oh well if you were born with a package that makes you male. If you want to force the laws to accept you and your transgenders ways only, to damn bad.

  • Paul Gilbert

    While the rest of the world has two bathroom , the US wants 5-6 bathrooms

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    One correction to the story. There is NO such thing as a “transgender”. It doesn’t exist. For more good info and explanation on that “Google MacArthur Transgender”

  • RWH

    If this Pharmacy program is so great that none other will do, how come this student didn’t choose to go to that school instead of the one in Buffalo? If she wanted an education there so badly, how come she is seeking a diploma from Buffalo instead the pharmacy program in North Carolina? If that program is so superior, why is she seeking a credential from an “inferior” school? Could it be that she didn’t have the requirements to get a degree there, and she is now trying through the back door?

  • sako204

    Is she a medical student or a pharmacy student? There’s a big difference between the two, and the article states she is both. This is horrible writing.