Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio banned most state employees from going to North Carolina following anti-transgender legislation
Where the NCAA goes, New York doesn’t follow.
The National Collegiate Association on Tuesday agreed to again consider bids by North Carolina to hold championship events after the state repealed HB2, a controversial bill that forced transgender individuals to use bathrooms that reflected their genetic sex. But some state and local governments that boycotted North Carolina to show support for the LGBT community say the repeal doesn’t go far enough and will keep restrictions preventing many of their bureaucrats from traveling to the Tar Heel state on taxpayer’s dime.
The question at the heart of the debate is what, if any, protections should be extended to transgender people. While North Carolina no longer discriminates based on gender identity, it also doesn’t offer trans individuals protections. Controversially, the repeal bill prevents local municipalities from enacting non-discriminatory provisions until 2020.
That doesn’t sit well with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats who issued executive orders banning state and city employees from non-essential travel to North Carolina.
“New York City has long been a leader in the fight for LGBT equality…the ban on non-essential travel to North Carolina for New York City employees will remain until the state protects the trans community and all North Carolinians from discrimination,” De Blasio rep Olivia Lapeyrolerie tells Moneyish.
“Our review of the new North Carolina law is ongoing, and the Governor’s Executive Order currently remains in effect,” says Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi.
That’s likewise the case with San Francisco and Seattle, which have also barred many city employees from traveling on taxpayers’ dime to North Carolina. Mayoral spokespeople confirmed that the limited repeal wasn’t sufficient to meet their demands.
That’s a blow to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina, who brokered the compromise deal to repeal HB2. North Carolina has suffered lost economic revenue due to sustained economic pressure from other governments and companies like PayPal and Deutsche Bank. The Associated Press has said that HB2 would likely cost the Tar Heel state more than $3.7 billion in lost revenue. Cooper’s office didn’t respond to request for comment.
Cuomo and De Blasio’s decisions are aligned with civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, which has emerged as a loud anti-Trump voice in the current politicized climate.
“The NCAA must stand by its word and demand documentation of basic nondiscrimination policies before committing to any North Carolina sites,” said ACLU North Carolina policy director Sarah Gilloly in a statement Tuesday. “This new law is not a repeal of HB2. It doubles down on the dangerous lie that transgender people are a threat to public safety.”
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