We hope the bigots in North Carolina are happy now that their hateful HB2 ‘bathroom bill’ has cost the state millions and millions of dollars from not only pulled conventions and jobs, but from much-needed tourist revenue. This week we learned that NCAA will not hold any championships in the state, and now the Atlantic Coast Conference’s will move their championship games out of North Carolina due to the state’s anti-LGBTQ HB2 law.
The ACC announced: “As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”
“Yesterday it was the NCAA. Last month it was the NBA. Today, the ACC – home conference to many of our beloved teams – will take their marquis events out of North Carolina,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro. “It has never been more clear than it is right now – HB2 is hurting our state every minute that it remains law. It’s hurting our people, our reputation, and our economy. I’m calling on Pat McCrory today – accept responsibility for the legislation you signed. It’s crystal clear that HB2 is bad for us. Stop playing the blame game and clean up this mess you’ve made of our state, because we cannot afford to wait any longer.”
We hope Governor Pat McCrory can hear all those millions getting pulled from the state—all for his stubbornness and transphobia.