Economic Fallout continues from the infamous HB 2 of North Carolina. Nicknamed the “Transgender Bathroom Bill,” the legislation also removes LGBT protections passed in Charlotte, and limits the ability of communities to set hourly wages. Governor McCrory called the state legislators into a special session last March as a response to Charlotte efforts at equality.
According to CBS affiliate, NCNN: “The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday that it will be pulling all 10 of its neutral site championships for 2016-17 from the state of North Carolina due to House Bill Two.
As a result, Cary will lose tennis and women’s soccer championships; Greensboro will lose swimming and diving championships as well as women’s golf and women’s basketball championships; Durham will lose the baseball championships; Stanly County will lose the men’s golf championships; and Charlotte will lose the football title game.”
The only openly gay member of N.C.’s general assembly, Rep. Chris Sgro (D), stated it was past time to repeal HB2. “This is not just hurting the economy of North Carolina,” Sgro said, “It’s also hurting our representation and our grand tradition of college basketball and other sports here in the state of North Carolina.”
Sgro insists when the ACC, NCAA and NBA all cancel events, “we have a problem.”
In the most recent polls, Governor McCrory is now falling behind his democratic opponent. McCrory made headlines on Wednesday when he falsely alleged being threatened by Griffin, Director of the Human Rights Commission, of using North Carolina as an “example.”
According to the Charlotte Observer: In a statement, Chad Griffin and two other LGBT leaders who attended the meeting said McCrory “has continued to falsely characterize our conversation.”
“North Carolinians deserve better,” they said. “We told the governor that if he didn’t fix the disaster he created, that he alone would be responsible for tarnishing the reputation of the state and killing jobs.… Speaking to the Rotary Club … Gov. McCrory offered an entirely fictional account of the meeting and HRC President Chad Griffin’s remarks.”
By Ty Nolen