NBA Officially Pulls All Star Game Out Of North Carolina Over State's Anti-LGBT Law
It doesn't pay to discriminate.
North Carolina has officially lost the NBA's 2017 All Star Game due to state lawmaker's insistence on prioritizing anti-gay bigotry over actual issues affecting North Carolinians.
Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA on Thursday decided to pull the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte.
“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,” the league said in a released statement.
The NBA is focused on the New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center as the host for All-Star Weekend and the All-Star Game on Feb. 19, league sources told The Vertical.
GLSEN’s Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard was quick to issue a statement on NBA's huge decision.
"On behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth across the country, GLSEN thanks the NBA for sending a strong and clear message that discrimination is unacceptable. We know it was not an easy decision. The game would have been held in Charlotte, where the city council banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity last year, and where the school system has clearly demonstrated its support for its LGBTQ students, including those transgender students who are particularly targeted by HB 2.
"When the chips are down, true allies make the tough call. Right now, the defense of civil rights for all communities must be front and center for all of us. GLSEN is proud to have partnered with the NBA for many years to ensure its teams, players and staff members are vocal and visible supporters of LGBTQ youth and that all fans feel welcome. It is gratifying to see this long-standing partnership result in a unified front against legislation that is hateful, harmful and unnecessary.
“Sports leagues and other businesses have a vital role to play in upholding core values of diversity, individual dignity and civil rights, especially when elected officials do not do so. We have already seen many companies and individuals act on these ideals by removing their business from North Carolina in response to HB 2 or donating the proceeds of events to LGBTQ organizations. We call on all those corporations and sports leagues who have yet to do so to follow the NBA’s lead and tell legislators that they will not do business in places that discriminate, and where LGBTQ students do not have the opportunity to learn in safe and affirming environments and succeed in school and life.”
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