Lambda Legal Commends NBA Decision to Move All-Star Game From North Carolina

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July 21, 2016
The NBA announced today it will not be holding its 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C., because of the state’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2. 
Lambda Legal commends the NBA’s regrettable but necessary public stance against HB 2.  Because the North Carolina legislature left them no choice, the NBA was forced to move the game. Discrimination is expensive and the legislature’s refusal to repeal the law just cost the state tens of millions of dollars.
We thank the NBA for taking a strong stand  in opposition to HB 2 because the law’s  targeted and unprecedented attack on the LGBT community, particularly against transgender  young people and adults, is inconsistent with their values and goals. 
The NBA knows that the key to any organization’s success—like that of a winning basketball team—is innovation and drive, and that only happens when you are inclusive. The league is a great example of how taking a stand for its teams and its LGBT fans against this extreme and discriminatory measure can create a better business climate by insisting on fairness for all families across this country.


Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and the law firm of Jenner & Block are challenging HB 2 in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina.