NCAA: Hold your line in North Carolina
In the year since North Carolina passed HB2 – one of the country’s worst anti-LGBT laws – the state has paid a high price. The governor who signed the bill into law lost his reelection campaign largely on this one issue. Businesses have pulled major projects from the state and legendary musicians have canceled shows. It’s estimated that HB2 will cost North Carolina nearly $4 billion in lost business. But the one thing lawmakers just couldn’t stomach was losing the opportunity to host national sporting events.
The NCAA pulled championship games from North Carolina after HB2 became law and gave the state an ultimatum: Fix HB2 by March 30th if you want to host events in the next five years.
Now North Carolina has a new law – but it hasn’t fixed the problem. This new law will continue to do extensive damage to the future of LGBT people in North Carolina – especially transgender people.
The NCAA just decided – reluctantly – that North Carolina’s new law sufficiently undoes the HB2 damage. We have to make clear that the law still compromises the safety, health, and dignity of transgender North Carolinians.
If we lean on the NCAA now to insist that only a clean repeal of HB2 is sufficient, then we can make sure North Carolina – and every state thinking about passing anti-LGBT policies – knows there is a cost for legalizing discrimination.
Add your name to help the NCAA stand strong – and take the next step by tweeting this: We can't turn our back on the LGBT community. Tell the @NCAA they made the wrong call on North Carolina and #HB2. https://www.aclu.org/NCAA-NC
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