The NBA All-Star Game is a huge deal for teams. It brings thousands of fans and millions of dollars to the communities that host it, and it makes sense that the NBA would want its showcase event be as accessible as possible to everyone. To that end, the NBA has been mindful of the laws in the local communities, and when North Carolina passed the HB2 bathroom bill, there were immediate repercussions. Like, for example, events getting called off. The latest event to be cancelled in North Carolina is the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community - current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans,” read the NBA’s announcement. “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by [the HB2 legislation].”
In case you’ve forgotten, HB2 is the so-called bathroom bill that does not allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice, instead making them use the bathroom of their biological gender. This has caused dozens of concerts to be cancelled in North Carolina, lots of public outcry on both sides of the issue, and is proving to be an economic hardship for the state, which is exactly what LGBTQ activists hoped for.
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