Final Score: Everyone Lost While HB2 Is Creating a Discriminatory Environment

by July 25, 2016

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Friend of Equality,

House Bill 2 continues to have dire consequences for our state. Just yesterday the NBA announced it was pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC citing HB2 for creating a discriminatory environment.

North Carolina General Assembly leadership and Governor McCrory repeatedly ignored the warning bells as businesses, conferences and entertainers left the state. From the beginning, NBA leadership has been clear that HB2 creates an untenable situation and jeopardizes the safety and comfort of their fans. Despite the NBA’s repeated warnings that it would have to consider moving the high-profile game out of the state if the anti-LGBTQ law was not repealed, the state’s General Assembly shamefully adjourned after 100 days of inaction earlier this month.

The NBA is joining major film studios and corporations, from PayPal to Deutsche Bank, that have stopped investing in the state because of the new law’s threat to employees and consumers. This loss of over $100 million dollars in economic activity will have a lasting impact on Charlotte, our community, and the state.

This is a time for leadership–and frankly Senate Leader Berger, Speaker Moore, and Governor McCrory have failed. Time after time they have put our community and our economy in harms way. You have stood with us as we called for full repeal of HB2 for months and we will not be quiet now. Make sure that you are registered to vote as we take this all the way to the ballot box in November.

For Equality,

Chris Sgro
Executive Director, Equality NC

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