RALEIGH, NC – The NBA All-Star Game is set for North Carolina this weekend after the league delayed Charlotte's reception for two years due to the state's "toilet bill" distinguished transgender people and limited local anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

It took the partial repeal of the 2016 law, also known as Bill 2, to convince the league's board of governors and Commissioner Adam Silver to reinstate the price for 2019. At that time, Silver n was not entirely satisfied.

The change "does not mean that the fundamental problems are solved," said Silver in 2017 about the law on replacement.

Nevertheless, this law has sent back other major sporting events in North Carolina and made the state attractive to diversity-minded companies. But officials, judges and activists in North Carolina are far from having defined the rules governing the use of gender-sensitive public bathrooms and the possibility for state lawmakers or cities like Charlotte to have sex with them. impose anti-discrimination rules on private companies.

Both Democrats and Republicans and Republicans are not fully satisfied with the law, but they also do not seem to have the intention to reopen the debate, despite an expiry date late next year. The deadlock in HB 2 has dominated state policy for nearly a year, thus denying any opportunity to act.

"Frankly, I do not know if people are ready to start the fight this year," said Democratic House leader Darren Jackson, who fought HB 2. He accepted the replacement because "it allowed us to perform a reset. economic losses we have suffered … but there is still much to be done. "

The GOP-controlled legislature approved HB 2 in March 2016 in response to an order by Charlotte City Council to extend LGBT protections to public places such as hotels, restaurants and public bathrooms. State law repealed the ordinance and prevented similar anti-discrimination rules anywhere else in the state. He also asked transgender people to see public restrooms and showers that match their gender on their birth certificates.

At the end of 2016, voters elected their opponent and Democrat, Roy Cooper, Republican government governor Pat McCrory, who signed the law. In the following March, legislators Cooper and GOP found a compromise that led to the award of the Charlotte Prize for this year's game.

"I am pleased that we have been able to come together and understand the way forward," said James Jordan, one of the top leaders of the Charlotte Hornets, who was organizing Sunday's game at the Spectrum Center.

The replacement law repealed the requirement for bathrooms and transgender people. But the law also states that state legislators make final decisions on bathroom rules. And local governments can not enact or amend ordinances regulating private employment or public amenities until December 2020.

Cooper wants a state-wide LGBT anti-discrimination law and has already signed a decree essentially creating a decree for his Cabinet agencies. While the Democrats won additional seats in the legislative elections last November to end the House of Representatives' anti-veto and Senate control by the GOP, Republicans still hold majorities in both houses and do not seem to interested in Cooper's proposed law across the country.

Some Republicans agree that something needs to be done by the end of next year to end the ban on local ordinances, but say it takes longer to assess whether this means the powers of local governments must be extended.

"Reasonable minds can probably find a common-sense resolution again if necessary, but 22 months being very long, I think I'm going to avoid speculating on it for now," said Senator Dan Bishop, Republican of Charlotte and HB 2. -parrain, written by email. Any delay may also give the federal courts time to weigh a lawsuit filed by transgender people against the replacement law.

The NBA continues to focus on diversity during star festivities with events meant to encourage "important discussions about the need to create a more inclusive culture." The league also asked game vendors and sites to have anti-discrimination policies covering sexual orientation, including the use of bathrooms based on gender identity. 39, a person.

Kathy Behrens, League Chair for Social Responsibility and Player Programs, said the "Equality Principles" were put in place for last year's game in Los Angeles. The league is confident that this year's festivities can demonstrate to others progress on LGBT issues.

"We wanted the repeal to go further. That's always the case, "said Behrens in an interview, but the All-Star weekend" will be a powerful way for us to showcase the values ​​we hold dear. "


Steve Reed, sports writer at AP in Charlotte, North Carolina, contributed to this report


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