Four athletes from North Carolina mocked their own state with a demand to repeal the controversial anti-trans bathroom bill. The athletes, from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), wrote a later addressed to the state lawmakers asking them to repeal HB2. Ezra Baeli-Wang, a fencer, Chris Taylor of Duke football, Gabi McDermott, a state diver and Tanner Owen, a golfer, all signed the letter. They are all part of the ACC’s student-athlete advisory committee. The letter focused on the fundamental sport events the state already lost and is going to lose because of the law.
Legislators in North Carolina last week introduced bills in the House and Senate in the state to repeal the widely condemned HB2 and replace it with LGBT+ protections. The bills, introduced by Representatives Pricey Harrison, Deb Butler, Kelly Alexander, Susan Fisher and Senators Terry Van Duyn, Mike Woodard, and Jay Chaudhuri, were praised by Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign. “My hometown of Greensboro has suffered enormously from economic losses because of HB2, and the potential economic harm from the NCAA pull-out for the next 6 years is even greater.” says Representative Harrison. The bill introduced today is a clean repeal of HB2 and provides enhanced statewide non-discrimination protections. This bill reflects North Carolina values, unlike HB2. It is long overdue and we will work our hardest to enact this legislation.”