New North Carolina legislation threatens to kick North Carolina and NC State out of the ACC if the schools decide to act humanely against anti-LGBTQ law.

By Andrew J. Pridgen

North Carolina legislators—just happy to be gerrymandered into power in order to more systematically roll back progress, humility, humanity and protections for marginalized individuals they’re allegedly appointed to represent as they scorch the earth with two-faced name-checks to family values and a bygone time that never was unless #drunkuncle’s stories are to be believed—proposed a bill Tuesday that would drop the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State from the Atlantic Coast Conference if the league ever withholds events from the state again.

Last fall, those schools and the ACC moved 10 neutral-site events, including the football championship game, out of North Carolina as a protest against House Bill 2, the state’s law passed the previous March that limited protections for LGBTQ people.

Known as the “bathroom bill”, the law was repealed last week—a win, for, you know fucking basically everyone. As a result of the appeal, the ACC said Friday that North Carolina would again be considered to host events again.

Because UNC, NC State and the ACC knows that not further penalizing people, 40% of whom have at one point tried to commit suicide, who are just trying to live and let live and once in awhile take a leak—is an OK thing as it turns out.

In other words, the bill’s sponsors were just being dicks to be dicks. They weren’t concerned about children. They weren’t concerned about ethics or families or God. They were specifically wanting to make life harder for the segment of the population that already is the most susceptible to violent attacks.

Among other subtleties, HB2 blocked local jurisdictions from passing anti-discrimination laws, including for gay and transgender people. It also required transgender people in government facilities to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate.

The bill also caused the state to lose tens of millions of dollars in revenue and was largely blamed for the November upset of Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the bill into law and also had to repeal it after the Charlotte City Council took down the local anti-discrimination measure. “This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics,” McCrory said (after he lost and then signed a bill to take power from his successor.)

Gov. Roy Cooper, the Democrat who defeated McCrory, said “Full repeal will help to bring jobs, sports and entertainment events back and will provide the opportunity for strong LGBT protections in our state.”

But the Net-negative Nancies in charge OF COURSE had to fire off a response to the bill’s repeal because, you know, becoming a state that shows just a baseline amount of tolerance by not enacting hate laws was just too much.

The result? House Bill 728, which states that any North Carolina public school in a conference that boycotts the state “shall immediately provide written notice to the conference that the constituent institution intends to withdraw from the conference no later than when the assignment of its media rights expire, unless the conference immediately ends the boycott.”

Of course, this bill won’t get passed and even if it does UNC, NC State and the ACC don’t really have to worry unless crazy legislation is passed again. Oh, wait, it’s North Carolina. Never mind.

“Now these conferences, they’re going to have to think twice about doing a boycott, especially for something that’s as out of their core mission as they did trying to influence legislation of the General Assembly,” said Rep. Mark Brody. “If they do it again, now they’ll know there will be a price to pay.”

…Unfortunately for Brody and the other supporters of House Bill 728, that price to pay would likely be their jobs.

Andrew J. Pridgen writes for Goner Party and is the author of the novella “Burgundy Upholstery Sky”. His first full-length novel will be released in late-2017.

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