See what happens when you treat everyone with tolerance and respect, North Carolina? The NBA pulled the All-Star game out of the state after it passed its anti-transgender ‘bathroom bill.’ Now that North Carolina has partially repealed HB 2, the All-Star game will return to Charlotte in 2019!
One of the biggest protests of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (commonly called the “bathroom bill”) was the NBA moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte down to New Orleans. The basketball league could not support the state after it passed what’s been viewed as extreme anti-LGBT legislation. Well, with the partial repeal of the bill going down on March 30, the NBA announced on May 24 that the 2019 All-Star Game is headed back to Charlotte.
“We want to thank Commissioner [Adam Silver, 55] for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City,” Charlotte Hornets chairman Michael Jordan said in a statement, according to Fox Sports. ”All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world.”
The NBA pulling the All-Star game was just one of the many moves that would have cost the state $3.75 billion in lost business over 12 years. Companies like Paypal, Adidas, Voxpro and more pulled out of expanding their businesses in North Carolina. Musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr protested the legislation by canceling their concerts in the state.
House Bill 2 was passed by North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature on March 23, 2016, demanding that transgender people use the bathroom of the sex assigned to them at birth. The law also excluded gender identity and sexual orientation from state-wide anti-discrimination protections, which is why many LGBT groups saw HB 2 as “legalizing discrimination.” The state, with its newly elected Democratic governor, attempted to completely remove the law from the books, but only managed a partial repeal in March 2017. Adam Silver tried to downplay the potential scandal of moving the All-Star Game back to North Carolina, even though many of HB 2’s harmful policies are still in place.
The NBA All-Star Game is coming to Charlotte after all – in 2019. Here's Adam Silver's comments on HB2's repeal and the league's decision. pic.twitter.com/M33UpUiAu4
— Jack Flagler (@jflagler) May 24, 2017
“While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough,” the NBA Commissioner said in a statement, per CBS Sports, “We believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law. Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you glad the All-Star Game is headed to Charlotte in 2019?