The NBA has announced that the 2019 All-Star game has been awarded to Charlotte. This season’s All-Star Game was to be played in Charlotte but the HB2 Bill caused the NBA to reconsider. the 2017 All-Star game was awarded to New Orleans instead as the NBA and Adam Silver played advocates for North Carolina to regress the HB2 Bill.
The HB2 Bill barred those who identified of a certain gender without the surgical adjustment from using public restrooms. The LGBT community protested the bill as it was discriminatory against those who were not accommodated based on the gender they identified as.
The NBA has recently been in the public eye promoting equality and by pulling the 2017 All-Star Game, showed its seriousness.
Silver stated the following, “While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law. Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies. All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well.
“Sports have a long history of helping to change attitudes around important social issues. We believe holding our All-Star activities in Charlotte will be a powerful way for the NBA to continue this tradition.”