Republicans aren’t content to be ruining the world on a national scale — they’re also ruining people’s lives at the state and local level. A sneaky maneuver in North Carolina saw GOP politicians pushing hard this week to eliminate protections for queer people, all while promising that in exchange they would repeal the loathsome anti-trans HB2.
But surprise! After Charlotte eliminated its nondiscrimination laws as part of a deal, the Republicans went back on their pledge and kept HB2 in place. Hahaha, that’s what you get for trusting the GOP. Naturally, they say that it’s about “protecting children” and “privacy.” Wouldn’t their lives be so much easier if they just told the truth? Just be honest, Republicans — you don’t really care about safety.
Anyway, in response, the NCAA reaffirmed its commitment to staying the hell away from North Carolina. That means moving 15 college championships out of the state. And they’re not alone: lots of businesses, from Deutsche Bank to Paypal, have cancelled business in the state since the passage of the bill.
As of a few months ago, it was estimated that outgoing loser Governor Pat McCrory’s bill had cost the state about a half billion dollars in lost business. That includes the loss of the Southern Conference and Division II’s Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The loss in jobs was pegged at around 1,000 back in September, after Lionsgate announced they wouldn’t be filming movies in the state. Bruce Springsteen and Maroon 5 also cancelled concerts.
A few entertainers went the opposite direction: the Throwing Shade tour, for example, held a night of comedy in North Carolina, but donated all the money to charity.