It seems that the punishment will never end for North Carolina, as the NCAA has joined the long list of celebrities, businesses and events that have pulled support from North Carolina over the anti-LGBT, anti-trans law HB2.
The NCAA have pulled seven championship games from the state, including the opening weekend men’s basketball tournament games for the coming year, over the discriminatory House Bill 2.
The NCAA and it’s board of governors came to this decision because “of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections”.
Georgia Tech president GP “Bud” Peterson, the chair of the board of governors, had this to say: “This decision is consistent with the NCAA’s long-standing core values of inclusion, student-athlete well-being and creating a culture of fairness.”
HB2 doesn’t really need any introduction any more, as the anti-trans bill has gained notoriety over this last year. But essentially, within schools and government buildings, transgender people are required to use the bathroom correlating to their birth sex rather than their gender identity.
That’s not all, though. It also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from local and statewide anti-discrimination protections. Simply, you are not protected from discrimination if you are LGBT.
As I mentioned, the list of events that have been cancelled over HB2 is only growing, and the amount that North Carolina’s discrimination is costing them is only growing. They have lost things such as the NBA All-Star Games (moved to New Orleans), and the changing of plans from PayPal to open up a 400 employee centre in Charlotte.