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The NCAA and North Carolina's discriminatory anti-LGBT laws

Tell the National Collegiate Athletic Association:
"An organization responsible for the welfare of the nation's college student-athletes should not host or participate in events in any state that officially sanctions discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Stop hosting NCAA events in North Carolina until its discriminatory anti-LGBT laws are repealed."

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Dear 5849376,

NCAA Oppose Discrimination

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the non-profit organization responsible for organizing and regulating America's college athletic programs. The NCAA is responsible for the welfare of nearly half a million student-athletes across the country. It has a stated and demonstrated commitment to equality – and to the safety of LGBT student-athletes — but that commitment is now under question.

Just last week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed sweeping anti-gay and anti-trans legislation into law. Yet the NCAA is scheduled to host at least 20 tournament games in North Carolina in the next two-plus years.

This weekend is the final weekend of "March Madness" – the annual college basketball tournament. All eyes are on the NCAA, and on the Tar Heel state because the University of North Carolina plays tonight in the Final Four. Now is the time to demand that the NCAA use its power and influence to firmly stand for LGBT equality and send a message to lawmakers in North Carolina and other states who seek to discriminate against LGBT people.

Tell the NCAA: Stop hosting events in North Carolina or any state with anti-LGBT laws until they are repealed. Click here to sign the petition.

North Carolina's legislation is a stunning attack on the rights of North Carolinians on multiple levels. The law bans any local nondiscrimination laws, a hateful response by state officials to the city of Charlotte passing legislation to protect transgender people from discrimination. The new law also bans transgender people from using bathrooms that match their gender identities, and prevents civil suits even in the case of documented discrimination. Essentially, North Carolina just gave the whole state license to discriminate against gay and transgender people.1

The NCAA has taken stands against bigotry and discrimination in the past. When Indiana tried to pass similar anti-gay legislation last year, the NCAA was one of the first organizations to speak out against it. Pressure from the NCAA and other business, civic, and sports leaders eventually forced the state to amend the law.2 In 2001, the NCAA imposed a ban on holding championship events in South Carolina and Mississippi because the Confederate battle flags flying at the state capitols were misaligned with the values of the organization. And in 2005, the NCAA banned schools from hosting championship events if they have hostile or abusive mascots, most notably Native American caricatures.3

Unfortunately the NCAA still has a mixed record on its commitment to equality. In contrast to the NCAA's stand last year in Indiana, it is holding this weekend's men's basketball finals in Houston, where last year voters defeated Prop 1, Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, in a campaign marked by anti-transgender bigotry and fear-mongering.4

The NCAA has said in a statement about North Carolina that they are "monitoring the situation".5 Monitoring the situation is not enough; the NCAA needs to use its considerable power and influence to help bring North Carolina onto the right side of history.

Tell the NCAA: Stop hosting events in North Carolina or any state with anti-LGBT laws until they are repealed. Click the link below to sign the petition.

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/NCAA_NC?t=6&akid=17468.3291973.0kob7S

Thank you for standing up to discrimination today,

Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References

1. David Robb, "Rob Reiner Calls Out North Carolina As Next Anti-Gay Law Battlefront For Hollywood," Deadline, Mar. 24, 2016.
2. Bryce Covert, "The Backlash Against North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law Is Growing," Think Progress, Mar. 26, 2016.
3. "Could North Carolina law cost state NCAA events?," USA Today, Mar. 24, 2016.
4. Cyd Zeigler, "The NCAA shares responsibility for North Carolina's hateful anti-LGBT law," Outsports, Mar. 28, 2016.
5. "NCAA monitoring North Carolina anti-discrimination law," ESPN, Mar. 24, 2016.


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