Investors join call for North Carolina to repeal LGBT bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – About 60 investors representing $2.1 trillion in managed assets are joining the NCAA, entertainers and more than 200 businesses in calling for North Carolina to repeal its law limiting LGBT protections against discrimination.

Trillium Asset Management CEO Matt Patsky said at a news conference Sept. 26 that North Carolina appears headed for a “state-government-inflicted recession” while the economy of the rest of the country improves.

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South Carolina school considers bidding on NCAA games

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner says the university is considering a bid for the NCAA Tournament men’s basketball first- and second-round games the NCAA has removed from North Carolina over a state law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Tanner said South Carolina has until Sept. 27 to submit its bid. If successful, the men’s tournament would supersede holding a potential women’s NCAA Tournament at the Colonial Life Arena.

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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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Gov. Mccrory: NCAA disrespected North Carolina

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Gov. Pat McCrory says the NCAA failed to show North Carolina respect when it moved championships and tournament games out of the state because of a law that governs which bathrooms transgender people must use.

McCrory responded Sept. 13 to the NCAA’s decision. The action was related to House Bill 2, which McCrory signed into law.

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NCAA pulls 7 postseason events out of NC due to LGBT law

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NORTH CAROLINA (AP) – Basketball-crazed North Carolina has lost its next chance to host NCAA men’s basketball tournament games along with several other championship events due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.

And the fallout may not be over.

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NCAA sends anti-discrimination survey to potential host cities

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Indianapolis (AP) -The NCAA is sending a questionnaire about potential discrimination laws to organizers in cities that will be or are hoping to host sanctioned college sporting events.

The NCAA board of governors’ decision comes a day after the NBA announced it would pull its All-Star game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

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Buckhorn urges NCAA to return in 2016

The NCAA women’s tournament has come and gone through Tampa (it was held April 3-5) but Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn saw an opportunity to keep it another year. The LGBT friendly mayor addressed a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert on April 2 encouraging the organization to pull the 2016 tournament out of Indiana and return it to Tampa. “A championship host city should reflect that spirit of sport. Championship games held in the state of Indiana with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in effect can no longer do so. I encourage you to relocate the 2016 Women’s Final Four to Tampa from Indianapolis.” Tampa is already slated to host the 2019 tournament. No word on if the NCAA will take Buckhorn up on his 2016 offer.

Leslie Jordan booked for Polk Pride

He goes by many names—Beverly Leslie, Brother Boy. But the Emmy Award-winning actor Leslie Jordan rarely needs an introduction to LGBTs. Jordan will launch Polk Pride 2015 on June 19 with a performance at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland. The openly gay actor has been a staple on the comedy circuit for years and an icon ever since his “Brother Boy” role in the film Sordid Lives. Tickets start at $32.50 and are available through PolkTheatre.org.

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NCAA President pleased with changes to Indiana law

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Indianapolis (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert said April 2 the association is “very pleased” with revisions to Indiana’s religious objections law that critics feared would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Indiana lawmakers unveiled an amended bill earlier in the morning. They still need approval from the Legislature and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

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