“The state of North Carolina grossly overreached by passing the worst anti-L.G.B.T. bill in the nation, and they have cost us the N.B.A. All-Star Game. The blame for $100 million in economic loss and the impact that it has on the city of Charlotte and the entire state is squarely at the feet of the McCrory machine.”
This is the statement from Chris Sgro, the Executive Director of Equality North Carolina. By “McCrory machine,” he is, of course, referring to the state’s governor. The bill, now state law, passed in March eliminating anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community and prohibiting transgender individuals from using bathrooms in public buildings that do not match their birth gender.
It’s because of this law that the NBA has decided to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte. The NBA aren’t alone in their sentiments. Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Itzhak Perlman, canceled concerts in North Carolina. A number of businesses have also canceled plans to create new jobs in the state.
The United States Justice Department has challenged the law as a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Next month a federal judge in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will hear arguments about whether to block the law while the litigation is pending.Tags: All-Star Game, LGBT, LGBT friendly, LGBTQ, LGBTQ protections, NBA, NC, North Carolina