The NBA is boycotting North Carolina’s anti-LGBT laws
The NBA is moving their 2017 mid-season All Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina because of their discriminatory anti-LGBTQ bill.
— The Vertical (@TheVertical) July 21, 2016
The NBA issued the following statement today regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/2yo1YDA2Un
— NBA (@NBA) July 21, 2016
House Bill 2 became a law in North Carolina in March and banned towns and cities in the state from starting their own anti-discrimination laws.
But there was a section of the bill that required people to use the bathroom that matches the sex on their birth certificate.
The NBA joins artists who have cancelled concerts and moved events to show their support for the LGBTQ community.
A statement from Bruce Springsteen on North Carolina: https://t.co/YahXTKffvV
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) April 8, 2016
I have asked my distributor NOT to book my film in any theater in North Carolina due 2 their bigoted law against LGBTQ ppl. They have agreed
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 12, 2016
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has shown support for the change:
"We were frankly hoping that they would make some steps toward modifying the legislation, and frankly I was disappointed that they didn’t.”
They have now reached out to various other cities, including New Orleans, to host the games.
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