The NCAA announced tonight that it was removing seven championship events from the state of North Carolina during the 2016-17 school year, mostly in response to the state’s passage last spring of House Bill 2, an anti-LGBT “Bathroom Bill.” The NCAA Board of Governors removed the events because of four main factors:
- North Carolina laws invalidate any local law that treats sexual orientation as a protected class or has a purpose to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals.
- North Carolina has the only statewide law that makes it unlawful to use a restroom different from the gender on one’s birth certificate, regardless of gender identity.
- North Carolina law provides legal protections for government officials to refuse services to the LGBT community.
- Five states plus numerous cities prohibit travel to North Carolina for public employees and representatives of public institutions, which could include student-athletes and campus athletics staff. These states are New York, Minnesota, Washington, Vermont and Connecticut.
And the seven removed championship events are as follows:
- 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.
- 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3.
- 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19.
- 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10.
- 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27.
- 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28.
- 2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3.
These are not the first sporting events North Carolina will lose because of the passage of HB2. In July the NBA pulled next year’s All-Star Game from Charlotte, and November’s Duke-Albany basketball game was cancelled due to a New York state policy banning certain types of travel to North Carolina.
Update (9:43 p.m.): The North Carolina GOP has released a truly insane statement in response to the NCAA.
In case you were wondering whether the statement is real: