As the nation debates North Carolina's controversial laws impacting the LGBT community, similar issues may be revived in Cleveland.

Transgender activist Darius Stubbs, a celebrated actor at Cleveland Public Theater and a transgender man, says, " In the transgender community, being able to use the restroom like everyone else in Cleveland has not gone away."

There were emotional council hearings in late 2014 where supporters and opponents of a proposal to protect transgender individuals' rights to use the restroom of their choice made their case.

Transgender individuals talked of being bullied, harassed and threatened by going in a restroom they chose.

Opponents warned of possible incidents involving young children being confronted with personal anatomy of the opposite gender.

But nothing happened. And the debated quieted down publicly.

But Council President Kevin Kelley told WKYC's Tom Beres, "It may seem it went dormant, but the discussion continues...It's a sensitive issue. We want to make sure we get this right."

Kelley claims he hopes to get legislation passed, if possible, before Council goes on summer recess in June.

"It's not going to be perfect to everybody...All people won't be perfectly happy," he predicts.

He claims he is trying to fashion legislation that respects the rights of all sides and will not impose heavy financial burdens on businesses, forcing them to create additional facilities..

Council members Matt Zone and Joe Cimperman sponsored the original proposal. CImperman's commitment and passion have now moved to another job as head of Global Cleveland.

Many clergy members expressed concern about the measure. The original proposal contained exemptions for religious groups and small businesses.

Stubbs said the national controversy over the North Carolina legislation re-energized talk here.

"It's kind of driving the conversation," he said.

He claims he knows of a transgender woman who was recently kept out of the restroom she sought to use in a local restaurant and wound up being arrested.

Cleveland is currently preparing to welcome Republicans, remake its police force and try to pass a key school levy and essential income tax.

But Stubbs says this issue should be in the mix now too.

"If not now, when?" he asks.