KENNEDY STATEMENT ON NCAA DECISION
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the NCAA’s decision to consider sites in North Carolina for future championship events. Kennedy, chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, sent a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert yesterday detailing concerns with the HB2 compromise and urging him to continue their boycott of the state.
“We have a word for civil rights protections that are compromised, watered down or ‘far from perfect’ – discrimination. By falsely claiming that this new legislation restores North Carolina to a pre-HB2 landscape, the NCAA is shamefully giving cover to the systemic suppression of LGBTQ rights, not just in North Carolina but across the country.”
To read Congressman Kennedy’s full letter, please click here.
Kennedy has been an outspoken advocate of transgender rights and protections. He was a vocal supporter of Massachusetts' transgender non-discrimination bill, appearing in-person at the State House to testify in support of its passage. Last year he introduced the Do No Harm Act, which would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to preserve civil rights. He has been a proud co-sponsor of major equality legislation, from the Equality Act to the Global Respect Act to the Student Non-Discrimination Act.