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NBA moves All-Star game from North Carolina due to anti-trans law

Anti-LGBT law HB2 clearly violates NBA's core values of "diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others"

NBA Basketball, Photo - Raymond Clarke Images / Flickr

NBA Basketball, Photo – Raymond Clarke Images / Flickr

“We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”

–The NBA, in a statement released today. The NBA will not host their 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to the state’s HB2 law, which, among other things, forces transgender people to use public facilities that match their birth gender.

The NBA noted that they “cannot choose the law in every city, state and country in which we do business,” but that HB2 clearly violates the NBA’s core values of “diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others.”

A new location will be announced “in the coming weeks.”

The full statement is below, via USA Today:

The NBA has decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte with the hope of rescheduling for 2019.

Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change.  We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league.  These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.

Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community – current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans.  While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.

We are particularly mindful of the impact of this decision on our fans in North Carolina, who are among the most passionate in our league.  It is also important to stress that the City of Charlotte and the Hornets organization have sought to provide an inclusive environment and that the Hornets will continue to ensure that all patrons – including members of the LGBT community – feel welcome while attending games and events in their arena.

We look forward to re-starting plans for our All-Star festivities in Charlotte for 2019 provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter.

The NBA will make an announcement on the new location of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in the coming weeks.

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