So, this past week, when I heard that the NBA had cancelled the All-Star Game in North Carolina because of the cruel and ignorant bathroom legislation, I went to the NBA website and wrote a thank you note. Unfortunately I failed to save it — it was written on their website. All I have left is this:
Topic: General Comments / Suggestions
My family are big fans of basketball and I am prouder than ever of being a fan. Thank you for withdrawing from North Carolina in response to their outrageous law.
I am a from-birth female, happy in my skin and gender. But I have known people who felt differently. It is real. And today we know so much more about gender than we used to. Thank you for being an NBA in today’s world. Thank you for being smart and compassionate.
And today I got a response.
Thank you for contacting us regarding the NBA’s decision to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte with the hope of rescheduling for 2019.
We reached this decision after determining that we could not successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.
We are particularly mindful of the impact of this decision on our fans in North Carolina, who are among the most passionate in our league, and look forward to re-starting plans for our All-Star festivities in Charlotte for 2019 provided there is an appropriate resolution.
Thank you again for writing us. We appreciate your sharing your views.
NBA Fan Relations
Then I went out and got an NBA logo sticker for my laptop.
When there is so much bad news — some good news was truly welcome.