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April 4, 2017

NCAA Drops Boycott After North Carolina Repeals “Bathroom Bill”

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North Carolina has repealed a controversial anti-LGBT law that removed antidiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that had prompted major companies to boycott events in the state. 

According to the New York Times, the move prompted the NCAA to “reluctantly” lift its ban on holding championship events in the state, saying that North Carolina had “minimally achieved a situation where we believe NCAA championships may be conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment.”

When it first passed the legislation had sparked a backlash from the state’s hospitality and events industry. Executives from Starwood Hotels, Choice Hotels and Hilton joined a range of other businesses, along with the Human Rights Campaign, to sign an open letter calling for repeal of the legislation

According to The Hill, the collegiate Atlantic Coast Conference and other sports leagues, including the NBA, had also pulled events out of the state after the legislation was passed. 

According to an analysis released by the Associated Press last month, the legislation cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over the next 12 years. Financial setbacks included the loss of a PayPal facility that was being planned for the state to the cancellation of a concert by Ringo Starr. The AP compiled its analysis through interviews and public records requests. 

The law excluded gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections, and required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in public buildings. 

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