NBA Pulls All-Star Game in North Carolina Over Transgender Discrimination Law
Earlier this year a bill was signed in North Carolina that prevents transgender individuals to use public bathrooms for the sex they identify with.
House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, is a statewide policy that bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex.
HB2, also known as the North Carolina bathroom law, is not only affecting the transgender community but it is now the state's business and revenue.
The National Basketball Association initially planned to have the All-Star game in Charlotte, but decided to pull the plug due to this discrimination law.
"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 NBA tweeted in a statement last week.
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— NBA (@NBA) July 21, 2016
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver advised North Carolina to change the law and mentioned in an April press conference that the league is against any form of discrimination for any group in our society.
"The law, as its stands in North Carolina, is problematic for the league," Silver said.
The league has yet to announce the new location for the All-Star game but this change will be an economic problem with an estimated loss of $100 million for the city of Charlotte.
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