The 2017 NBA All-Star game was initially scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, but after the passage of HB2, the NBA abandoned those plans in a strong show of support for the LGBT community.
The NBA has now announced that the All-Star game will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana instead, a Southern state that has not passed any laws similar to HB2. And Louisiana has made it very clear that they want the NBA to know that they do not support such discriminatory laws.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards wrote a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver last month lobbying for the All-Star game to come to New Orleans.Q1Q
“We embrace our rich cultural heritage and see our diversity as a virtue,” Edwards wrote. “Should the NBA choose to bring the All-Star Game back to New Orleans in 2017, it will strongly reaffirm its commitment to communities that value fairness and inclusion.”
Having the All-Star game come to Louisiana is particularly important to the state at this time, as it was recently devastated by flooding. Over 40,000 homes were damaged and 13 people died.
Edwards said: “While we move into the recovery phase of this disaster, I want to thank the NBA for the vote of confidence in our state to host this event and their support of the relief efforts currently underway.”