Saturday, April 30, 2016

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan violates advocacy obligation to the Guilford Green Foundation

"HB2 could keep NCAA from hosting events in North Carolina

The NCAA on Thursday announced a new requirement that sites bidding for any NCAA event – from the Final Four to educational events like leadership development conferences – must demonstrate how they will provide a safe environment for everyone involved in the event.

The new rule doesn’t single out North Carolina's House Bill 2, specifically, but “follows the recent actions of legislatures in several states, which have passed laws allowing residents to refuse to provide services to some people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity."
"...That could be a big deal in Greensboro, which hosts NCAA basketball championships and swimming events at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan made an attempt earlier this month to head off such talk.

In a letter she sent the NCAA on April 12, Vaughan pointed out that the City Council took a symbolic vote opposing HB 2. She also noted that the coliseum provides gender-neutral bathrooms.

Vaughan doesn't exactly say to the NCAA "Don't boycott Greensboro." But that's clearly what she meant.

...Vaughan is executive director of the Guilford Green Foundation, which works on LGBT issues.

She's also the daughter of the late Fred Barakat, who for years ran the ACC basketball tournaments as associate commissioner.