US Rep. from Massachusetts urges NCAA to keep NC sports boycott over HB2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest member of the Kennedy clan in Congress is urging the NCAA to continue steering championship sporting events away from North Carolina over the refusal of politicians to allow local laws that protect LGBT residents from discrimination.

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U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts said Monday he’s speaking up because he says last week’s law repealing House Bill 2 still violates civil rights for transgender people.

He wrote the NCAA last week urging the college sports organization to keep boycotting North Carolina. The association this week is expected to announce championship sites for 2018 through 2022.

Kennedy is an LGBT rights advocate whose college roommate at Stanford was Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player.

Kennedy is the grandson of the late Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

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