RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A national women’s advocacy organization is urging Nike and PepsiCo to not sponsor the 2017 NBA All-Star Game as long as it stays in Charlotte.
The companies have been chief sponsors of the NBA All-Star game before.
UltraViolet created the petition in response to House Bill 2, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law two weeks ago by Gov. Pat McCrory. More than 40,000 members have signed it since it launched earlier this week.
HB2 prevents transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity and nullifies existing LGBTQ protections passed by North Carolina cities.
“North Carolina’s new anti-LGBTQ law, which was passed under the guise of protecting women, is an extreme attack on LGBTQ women in the State and a threat to all LGBTQ people everywhere,” said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet. “The NBA, along with chief sponsors of previous All-Star Games, PepsiCo and Nike, have the opportunity to send a clear signal to North Carolina politicians, and other elected officials looking to pass similar measures in other states, that businesses and the American people reject these hateful and discriminatory laws.”