“The NCAA’s decision to cancel scheduled events in North Carolina is the latest economic blow to the state due to the discriminatory and hateful HB 2 law,” said Kasey Suffredini and Mason Dunn, co-chairs of Freedom Massachusetts. “HB 2 is costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars, damaging local economies, and tarnishing North Carolina’s reputation. Massachusetts was right to take the opposite stance this year and pass a law ensuring transgender protections in all parts of life, avoiding the dire consequences that come from discrimination.”
The NCAA’s announcement is the latest in a long line of consequences to North Carolina’s economy since lawmakers hastily passed HB 2 during a special session in March of this year. In addition to the more than $100 million in lost revenue associated with the NBA All-Star game, the Charlotte Chamber has estimated that the discriminatory law is costing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region at least $285 million. The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau says the law has cost their region more than $40 million; while companies including PayPal and Deutsche Bank have canceled planned expansions in the state – costing North Carolina jobs and investments.
In July, Governor Charlie Baker signed a transgender public accommodations bill making Massachusetts the only state this year to update state law to ensure full protections for transgender people from discrimination in all areas of life, including public restrooms. The law enjoys endorsements from more than 250 businesses, 350 clergy and congregations, 11 labor unions representing more than 750,000 families, 16 statewide women’s and victim’s advocacy groups, every major professional sports team in New England, the state’s leading law enforcement associations, the entire MA congressional delegation, the state attorney general, bipartisan leadership in the House and Senate, public endorsements from both the Senate President and the House Speaker, and more.