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NEW YORK (July 21) – In response to North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 legislation, Adam Silver announced today that the 2017 All-Star Game would be moved from Charlotte, N.C. This marks the first time in US history that a professional sporting event was moved in response to anti-LGBT legislation.
The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, better known as House Bill 2 or HB2 is an anti-LGBT piece of legislation that was quickly passed into law during a specially-convened one-day session on March 23. The law immediately erased municipal ordinances that provided the LGBT community with expanded protections.
The NBA’s announcement to move its premier event out of North Carolina is, arguably, the most crushing news since the controversial law was passed. The three-day event was expected to generate an estimated $100 million in revenue. Many businesses and organizations have decided to severely limit their interaction with the state. And several lawsuits have been filed against the law, including one by the U.S. Justice Department.
“The NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game is groundbreaking and sets an example for every other sporting body to follow,” said Athlete Ally’s Founder and Executive Director, Hudson Taylor. “If athletic communities believe in the principles of respect and equal treatment for their LGBT fans, then All-Star games and championship events should only be awarded to those states and cities that reflect those values.”
Expecting others to follow the NBA’s lead, Athlete Ally’s Director of Policy and Campaigns Ashland Johnson said, “Hosting an All-Star game is an honor and a privilege. Until North Carolina does the right thing and repeals HB2, it will continue to see a steady stream of organizations, companies, entertainment and sporting events leave the state for more inclusive and progressive ones.”
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