HB2 and its Effects.
Zeriq Lolar, Staff Writer
Sports in the state of North Carolina have been dramatically affected by House Bill 2, a law passed this year that prevents transgender people from using government run restrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify.
Transgender people who have not taken surgical and legal steps to change the gender noted on their birth certificates have no legal right under state law to use public restrooms of the gender with which they identify.
Recently, Duke University’s basketball team lost a scheduled season home opener to Albany due to the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo saying, “non-essential trips to the State of North Carolina were prohibited.”
Duke Head Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “the law is embarrassing.” UNC-Chapel Hill Girls basketball has also lost a game due to the HB2 law vs. Vermont. But one of the biggest casualties from the HB2 law in North Carolina sports is to the city of Charlotte. Charlotte lost their host spot for the 2016 NBA all-star weekend.
And just this week, the NCAA pulled seven different championship events, including first round games in the Division I men’s basketball tournament scheduled for Greeensboro, out of the state.
A study in 2014 by the University of New Orleans’ Hospitality Research Center found that the prediction proved to be more than what they thought, $106.1 million. A total of $60.4 million came in direct spending, with another $45.7 million in secondary spending, this was after they predicted the revenue to be $89.6 million.
The NBA put their foot down, and removed Charlotte as the host city for the NBA weekend. This takes away a lot of dollar signs from the city. “We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
I got to talk with local Wingate University Athletic director, Steve Poston. Poston said, “I think most schools in North Carolina are waiting to see how the courts will rule on HB2 and similar laws in other states. Therefore, I am not sure how HB2 will impact sports at other schools in North Carolina. That said, Wingate University and our athletic department is committed to our established non-discrimination policy. As a result, the athletic department will make the accommodations necessary to support the University’s non-discrimination position.”
Even though Poston does not know how it will affect sports he stands strong by the non-discrimination policy. I also talked with Wingate University Men’s Basketball Associate Head basketball coach Marcus Kirkland.
Kirkland stated, “Unfortunately this law has brought a ton of negative attention and there could be more people following the NBA’s lead of moving the All-Star game out of Charlotte. We will continue to lose regional NCAA basketball and baseball games until this is recalled. This also could be used to negatively recruit against schools in NC. Some players may feel uncomfortable going to school in a state with such a law.”
As you look at this situation as a whole, you get this sense of anxiousness, anger, embarrassment, and even sorrow. With a predicament like this we can only take the words of Poston, all we can do is just wait and see how this plays out.
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Edited by: Sara Gunter