"The National Basketball Association (NBA) made good on its threat to pull the league’s annual All-Star Game out of Charlotte in response to North Carolina enacting a law protecting privacy and security in public bathrooms, announcing earlier this month that the 2017 game will be moved in New Orleans.
'The 66th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Smoothie King Center — home of the New Orleans Pelicans,' an August 19 release from the NBA said. 'The game was previously scheduled to be held in Charlotte, N.C.'
In June, NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave the state of North Carolina until the end of the summer to change the law, which the NBA termed “discriminatory,” stating, 'I don't see how we would get past this summer without knowing definitively where we stand.'
At issue is North Carolina’s HB2, or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, passed earlier this year in overruling the city of Charlotte’s ordinance requiring all public businesses to allow transgender people to use the restrooms, showers, and locker rooms of their choice.
Aside from repealing the Charlotte ordinance, HB2 limits municipalities’ ability to enact laws with special protection based upon 'gender identity' while also mandating all public educational and government organizations to have restrooms and locker rooms designated by biological sex...
The NBA also suggested last month that North Carolina could have the game back if it bowed to the league’s position, stating, 'We look forward to restarting plans for our All-Star festivities in Charlotte for 2019 provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter.'"
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