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NBA to move their All-Star game from North Carolina over anti-LGBT law

2016-07-22
The NBA (National Basketball Association) has pulled next year's All-Star game away from North Carolina over their anti-LGBT law which prevents transgender people from using the bathroom which correlates to the gender with which they associate. According to Gay Star News the league revealed that they couldn't "host" their festivities in Charlotte due to the "climate created by HB2". "While we recognise that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2." image HB2 was passed earlier this year and since then, musicians have dropped out of playing in North Carolina in protest over the law. NBA has been pushing to repeal the law and states that they want all "patrons" to feel welcomed, including the LGBT community. "It is also important to stress that the City of Charlotte and the Hornets organisation have sought to provide an inclusive environment and that the Hornets will continue to ensure that all patrons - including members of the LGBT community - feel welcome while attending games and events in their arena." The league has yet to announce their new host city for the event but has plans to hold the event in Charlotte by 2019 "provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter." More stories: Russel Tovey flashes his abs on Instagram Todrick Hall enlists Willam, Kim Chi and more for star-studded new music video – WATCH