Boulder lets people use the bathroom of their choice so Boulder gets the conference

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The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Major County Prosecutors Council was supposed to hold its conference in North Carolina this year. Instead, the group is in Boulder today and Friday.

Blame North Carolina’s bathroom bill, which requires people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their assigned gender at birth, regardless of how they identify or present now.

The Daily Camera reports that the group, which represents prosecutors and district attorneys from 35 counties that handle a third of the country’s criminal cases, decided to move its conference in response to the controversial legislation.

“For obvious reasons, this progressive group decided not to go to that state due to its position on transgender rights and asked Boulder City Attorney Tom Carr and I to host, which we happily agreed to do,” Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said in a statement. “What better location to host America’s most progressive and forwarded thinking group of prosecutors? We look forward to sharing best practices and ideas and to learning from each other how to fulfill our responsibilities to do justice and to keep our communities safe.”