Announced on Monday, the NCCA is set to relocate seven championship events that were scheduled to be hosted in North Carolina during the 2016-2017 academic year. The move is a result of the state’s House Bill 2 that discriminates against members of the LGBT community.
According to NBC Washington, one controversial aspect of the law that is widely criticized is that people must use the restroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificates rather the one that corresponds with their gender identity when in government buildings.
“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”
In an article posted by USA Today, LGBT activist and co-founder of Outsports, Cyd Zeigler, said that it was a big move on the NCAA’s behalf but somehow felt that the organization needs to exert more effort.
“I’m surprised and encouraged by the NCAA’s announcement,” Zeigler said. “They have previously fallen back on the idea that the national office has limited power and bureaucratic hurdles to affect change like this. Now that they’ve taken this step, they need to further protect student-athletes and coaches and ban all members with specific anti-LGBT policies. Removing events from North Carolina is nice, but the association continues to have members that discriminate against LGBT people. What they do with those members in the next year will tell us how serious they are, or if this was just a P.R. move.”
The following are the seven championship events that will be relocated:
2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.
2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3.
2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19.
2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10.
2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27.
2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28.
2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3.
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