RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says it's hard to find a job because of the backlash from legislation he signed dealing with transgender rights.

McCrory said in a recent podcast with God's World Publications in Asheville that some potential employers are reluctant to hire him.

The former Republican governor says HB2 “has impacted me to this day, even after I left office. People are reluctant to hire me, because, ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’ – which is the last thing I am.”

The law he signed last year struck down local nondiscrimination ordinances and requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates. Backlash has prompted some artists to cancel North Carolina concerts. Some sporting events have also been canceled.

“If you disagree with the politically correct thought police on this new definition of gender, you’re a bigot, you’re the worst of evil,” he said in the podcast. “It’s almost as if I broke a law.”

The former governor told The News & Observer of Raleigh Monday he's doing consulting and advisory board work.

He said universities have been reluctant to hire him for teaching positions because of a fear of student protests.

“That’s not the way our American system should operate – having people purged due to political thought,” he told The N&O.

To listen to McCrory's entire podcast interview with WORLD, click here