CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - As more companies pull out of North Carolina in the wake of the state’s new anti-LGBT law, a new petition from UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, is urging Nike and PepsiCo, among the chief sponsors of previous NBA All-Star Games, not to sponsor the 2017 All-Star Game as long as it is kept in North Carolina.
North Carolina’s new law, passed in March 2016, prevents transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, nullifies existing LGBT protections passed by North Carolina cities, and prevents those cities from passing future anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBT individuals.
More than 40,000 UltraViolet members have signed on to the petition since it launched earlier this week.
With dozens of major companies like Paypal having already condemned North Carolina’s law and having moved to relocate new business ventures out of the State, the petition asks PepsiCo and Nike, who have previously been outspoken in their support for the LGBT community, to join with thousands of people around the country and pressure the NBA to move the 2017 All-Star Game.
See the petition HERE.