Reacting to the resolute ignorance of North Carolina’s HB-2, the ACC has decided to follow the NCAA’s lead and move championship events out of North Carolina.
As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.
Though I feel badly for the small businesses that will bear the brunt of this decision, the ACC has made the right decision. Though gender identity and sexual orientation are not so obvious as skin color, they are no less real — and discrimination for reason of them must be cast out of decent society.