It’s official. the NBA has moved it’s prestigious All-Star game out of Charlotte after North Carolina refused to repeal it’s controversial bathroom law – called HB2- which discriminates against transgender people.
Thank You NBA for standing up against LGBT prejudice and relocating the All-Star game! The league has officially decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte with the hope of rescheduling for 2019,” a statement from the organization revealed on July 21. This news comes in wake of the state’s passing of a law that discriminates against the LGBT community, requiring people to use bathrooms that correspond to their birth gender. The law also forbids local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules.
In the press release from the NBA, the association explained, “Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change. We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.”
The NBA announced they intend to re-start their plans for the All-Star events in Charlotte for 2019, “provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter.” There will be an announcement in the weeks ahead on where the new location of the All-Star game will be for 2017.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about the NBA relocating the game?