Civil Rights Leaders Call on NCAA to Oppose Shameful HB2.0

by Stephen Peters

Raleigh — Today, the North Carolina NAACP, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality North Carolina, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), and the Freedom Center for Social Justice, issued a joint statement following North Carolina’s shameful new legislation that lawmakers and Governor Cooper falsely touted as a “repeal” of their discriminatory HB2 law.

“We call on the NCAA to oppose this shameful HB2.0 bill in North Carolina, and not to reward lawmakers who have passed this so-called ‘deal’ which is an affront to the values we all hold. This bill is anti-worker, anti-access to the courts, and anti-LGBTQ. It violates all basic principles of diversity, inclusion and basic civil rights. Fundamentally, any moratorium on civil rights is not a compromise, it is a contradiction with the principle of equal protection under the law and our moral values.”

This statement was cosigned by Dr. William Barber, North Carolina NAACP President; Chad Griffin, HRC President; Chris Sgro, Equality NC Executive Director; Mara Keisling, NCTE Executive Director; and Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Freedom Center for Social Justice Executive Director.


The North Carolina Conference of NAACP Branch is made up of over 100 Adult, Youth and College NAACP units across the state, convenes the more the 150 members of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Peoples Assembly Coalition, and is the architect of the Moral Monday & Forward Together Movement.  

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Equality NC is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer North Carolinians. For more information, please visit

The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

The Freedom Center for Social Justice was founded in 2009 and as a Southern-based national organization committed to providing essential support and advocacy for trans people, elders, people of color, youth, sexual minorities and communities of faith and facilitating the necessary dialogue that opens doors, offers hope, raises awareness and save lives.


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