After House Bill 2 became law, a lot of boycotts against the state of North Carolina have been put into full force. Protests ranged from Bruce Springsteen canceling his Greensboro concert to companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook protesting the law and even other state governors banning non-essential state travel to North Carolina.
There is also another protest that came from the sports world that could have a major impact on the state.
“With this new law in place, Charlotte currently does not have any anti-discrimination protection in place, something that would be vital for a large event such as the All-Star Game,” said National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver regarding the bill. “We are giving the state of North Carolina 30 days to repeal this law, or they can expect the 2017 All-Star Game to be held elsewhere.”
According to the law, people should use the public facilities with the gender that is specified on their birth certificates.
The law does make allowances for parents to protect their children in order to make sure they are safe within a public facility, as well as an allowance for janitors, maintenance workers and assistance if someone in either public facility requires it.
“Businesses are not limited by this bill,” said Gov. Pat McCrory when interviewed on Fox 8 news about the law and the protests that are surrounding the issue. “Private individuals, companies and universities can adopt new or keep existing nondiscrimination policies.”
This means then that businesses and private institutions will not be penalized if they wish to adopt the concept of gender neutral or unisex bathrooms, but that decision is to be made by those institutions alone.
The threat from the NBA was a little more than two weeks ago. On April 15, Silver said there are currently no plans to move the All-Star Game to a different location, but he is still making it known that it would be complicated to hold a successful event in the state of North Carolina unless the law is changed.
“During a media availability earlier today, following the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting, Silver clarified that the NBA remains deeply concerned about its ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina, in light of recent legislation that discriminates against the LGBT community,” said Executive Vice President of Communications for the NBA Mike Bass in a statement on the NBA’s website.
There is still ongoing pressure to get the law changed and even more pressure from other states and other NBA officials to move the All-Star game, and one can assume this pressure will continue as this process will continue to play out.
But, as it currently stands, Charlotte can still plan to be the host of the 2017 NBA All-Star weekend.