NBA Threatens North Carolina Over Transgender Bathroom Bill

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The National Basketball Association declared North Carolina’s recent revisions to its transgender bathroom bill unacceptable Thursday.

The NBA announced that it did not approve of the revisions proposed for North Carolina’s transgender bathroom bill, reports NBC News. Because of North Carolina’s bill and the debate surrounding it, the NBA threatened that it would not host its NBA All-Star Weekend in North Carolina.

“We have been engaged in dialogue with numerous groups at the city and state levels, but we do not endorse the version of the bill that we understand is currently before the legislature,” the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets said in a statement.

North Carolina governor Pat McCory passed a bill in March that said people must use the bathroom according to their biological sex, rather than the gender they claim they are. The law, called House Bill 2, caused much protests from celebrities and businesses who boycotted it because they felt it was discriminatory.

North Carolina state lawmakers announced Tuesday that they would be making changes to HB2; in the new revisions, the bill’s original stance on transgenders using the bathroom still stands. But the new proposal allows transgenders to be recognized with a “sex re-assignment certificate.”

The changes were met with criticism from both sides. Representative Chris Sgro said that the changes did not do anything to change the bill itself and still “discriminates against transgender North Carolinians.” Others wanted to the leave the bill as it was because they felt it spoke for the will of most of North Carolina.

The NBA voiced its disapproval, saying that the revisions still “discriminate” against transgenders.

“We remain committed to our guiding principles of inclusion, mutual respect and equal protections for all. We continue to believe that constructive engagement with all sides is the right path forward,” they said in a statement.

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