Chalk up another major casualty of North Carolina’s discriminatory bathroom law, as the NCAA has pulled all of their college athletic championships from the state for 2017. The organization is the latest to stand up to the anti-transgender legislation and fans are rallying behind the decision!
North Carolina’s controversial bathroom law has cost the state another huge chunk of business, as the NCAA announced Sept. 13 that it was pulling seven major college sports championship events that were scheduled to take place in 2017. “The NCAA Constitution clearly states our values of inclusion and gender equity,” Jay Lemons, vice chairman of the NCAA Board of Governors announced. “Our membership comprises many different types of schools…and we believe this action appropriately reflects the collective will of that diverse group.” The NCAA’s events included the first two rounds of the Men’s College Basketball tourney scheduled in the state, but all seven of those championships will now be relocated outside of NC.
The state has lost all kinds of business since the March decision by lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory to force transgender people to use public bathrooms to the sex they were born with as opposed to the one they identify with. The NBA pulled their 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, and numerous performers including Demi Lovato and Bruce Springsteen have cancelled concerts in the state over the law.
Everyone from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, 68, to the average fan has chimed in and applauded the NCAA’s bold move.
The @NCAA is right to pull tournament games from North Carolina because of the anti-LGBT HB2 law. Discrimination has no place in America. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 13, 2016
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) September 13, 2016
The NCAA just destroyed my hopes of moving to North Carolina
— FocusedOnMyAmbition (@BarberAmbition) September 13, 2016
North Carolina GOP Throws Hilarious Tantrum Over NCAA Being Nice To Transgender Peeps https://t.co/maz3YPXuok
— Margie (@paeznyc) September 13, 2016
— Aly Mackenzie (@aly_mack) September 13, 2016
— Christy Sawyers (@christysawyers) September 13, 2016
— Dwight (@Foecuz) September 13, 2016
The state’s Republican Party chairwoman had a blistering response to the NCAA’s decision. “This is so absurd it’s almost comical,” Kami Mueller said in a statement.“I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team?” Ummm….ok.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of the NCAA’s decision to move college sports championships out of the state?