The NBA announced it will move their 2017 All Star Game from Charlotte, N.C. to another state because of North Carolina’s controversial anti-LGBT House Bill 2 law stating, “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, & 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.” Jason Collins the first openly gay NBA player added, "As a member of the NBA family & as a gay man, I’m extremely proud to see the NBA take initiative & move the All Star Game from North Carolina. Their decision is an extremely poignant one & shows that discrimination of any kind is not welcome in sports & is not acceptable in any part of our society. The NBA has set the best kind of example & precedent moving forward for all to follow." We definitely hope the NBA will consider Massachusetts to be the home of their 2017 All Star Game. Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo called on the All Star Game to come to Boston following the NBA announcement that it would seek a new venue other than Charlotte, N.C. Especially now that Governor Charlie Baker recently signed into law “An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination” which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public places in the Commonwealth joining 17 other states, Washington D.C. & more than 200 cities & towns across the country that have passed non-discrimination laws protecting gender identity in public spaces.
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