Charlotte Loses NBA All-Star Game Over HB2
Charlotte lawmakers’ transphobic/homophobic House Bill 2 law is costing the city big time.
The NBA has officially announced that they will no longer host the 2017 All-Star weekend in Charlotte because of the bill that blocks the protection of transgender people who use public restrooms based on their gender identity.
USA Today reports:
In an unprecedented and monumental decision, the NBA will move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C. to another state because of North Carolina’s controversial anti-LGBT law called House Bill 2.
“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” the league said in a statement Thursday.
It is an issue NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league have wrestled with since North Carolina lawmakers passed House Bill 2.
The law, which was passed during a special session in March, bans local municipalities from enacting non-discriminatory ordinances designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The league said Charlotte will play host to the 2019 All-Star Game “provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter.”
The NBA’s decision to relocate – a new site for 2017 has not been determined – was met with support from individuals, businesses and advocacy groups and disappointment in state leaders.
See what happens when you’re homophobic azzholes????
SMH…what do YOU think about Charlotte losing the All-Star game??? Where should it be relocated???
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