Athletes in ACC urge lawmakers for repeal of NC’s LGBT law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)- Four athletes from North Carolina’s Atlantic Coast Conference schools have written a letter urging state lawmakers to repeal a law that limits the protections of LGBT people.

The letter was signed by North Carolina fencer Ezra Baeli-Wang, Duke football player Chris Taylor, North Carolina State diver Gabi McDermott and Wake Forest men’s golfer Tanner Owen. They’re members of the ACC’s student-athlete advisory committee.

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State official: Not ‘1 iota’ of business drag from LGBT law

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MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina hasn’t seen “one iota” of bad economic impact from a law limiting protections for LGBT people despite high-profile losses of major sporting events and business ventures, the state’s top business official said Oct. 24.

The law requires transgender people to use restrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates in many public buildings, and it excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

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ACC picks new sites for 8 championships pulled from NC

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The Atlantic Coast Conference selected new sites for eight of the championships it will move from North Carolina because of a law that restricts the rights of LGBT people.

Four championships are moving to Georgia, three more are headed to South Carolina and another is set for Kentucky, the league announced on Oct. 4.

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What other states could be problematic for NCAA?

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Now that North Carolina has lost its NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference championship events for this year, some other states face potential challenges in the organization’s fight for discrimination-free environments.

The NCAA this week took the unprecedented step of pulling seven championship events from the state over its objection to a law that can allow discrimination against LGBT people. Two days later, the ACC did the same thing – relocating all 10 of its neutral-site championships from the state the conference has called home since its founding in 1953.

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ACC, NCAA latest blows for North Carolina governor’s re-election

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory frames the debate over North Carolina’s law about transgender people and restrooms as one of common sense and safety and privacy. Yet try as he might, he can’t shake the narrative from the law’s opponents of bigotry and intolerance.

The NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference delivered the latest blows this week, stripping the state of lucrative championships and leaving the Republican with another bruise as he fights for his political life. Entering the final weeks of the nation’s most closely watched governor’s race, McCrory is trying to reset the focus for voters.

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