Athlete Ally Responds to North Carolina Retaliatory Bill Targeting ACC and Member Schools

Yesterday, the North Carolina Legislature filed a bill that would require North Carolina, NC State, and other public colleges and universities to withdraw from the ACC should the conference decide to boycott the state again.

Last year, the ACC decided to pull championship games and tournaments out of North Carolina because of HB2, the controversial anti-LGBT law that limited legal protections for the LGBTQ community. Unhappy with the ACC standing with its LGBT constituents, members of the North Carolina Legislature introduced this bill.

“North Carolina legislators are attempting to hold the ACC hostage,” said Hudson Taylor, executive director of Athlete Ally. “This retaliatory effort by North Carolina legislators to punish the ACC, UNC and NC State for standing by their LGBT constituents is a disgrace. We’re confident the ACC and those public schools singled out will continue to affirm their commitment to respect and protect their LGBT players, fans, coaches, administrators and officials.”