North Carolina’s infamous HB2, which prohibits LGBTQ people from getting the sorts of civil rights protections that women and racial minorities receive, as well as mocking the reality of trans* by demanding that everyone go to the restroom corresponding to the “biological sex” on their birth certificate (see here), has caused even more damage. Today, the NBA announced that, because of HB2, it would move its all-star game out of Charlotte in 2017. The league did add that if the HB2 problem were satisfactorily resolved, the city would get the game back in 2019. The league had been threatening this move for some time, and it could cost the Charlotte area economy around $100 million.
Governor Pat McCrory’s response to the move was truly breathtaking, however. As quoted in the Charlotte Observer, McCrory emailed that: