The NCAA has announced it will move 7 of its major championship events out of the state of North Carolina in response to the controversial ‘bathroom bill’ that some criticize as discriminatory.
The NCAA released a statement announcing the moves on Monday. Per that statement:
Based on the NCAA’s commitment to fairness and inclusion, the Association will relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.
The following events have been moved for the coming school year:
These championship events will be relocated from North Carolina for 2016-17: https://t.co/avBxZi2evr pic.twitter.com/zQX8wYcuiN
— NCAA (@NCAA) September 12, 2016
No volleyball events will be affected, but if the NCAA continues to avoid the state, then North Carolina is unlikely to host any major NCAA volleyball tournaments in the near future.
The decision seems mostly based around the law HB2, which was signed into law earlier this year. The law deals with gender identity, and garnered national media attention as “the bathroom bill,” as it requires transgender people to use restrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates in government buildings. On a broader scale, the law defines “biological sex” as “the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.” That changes the scope of the state’s anti-discrimination law, which now protects from discrimination based on “biological sex” but does not mention transgender people.