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Vermont women's basketball cancels North Carolina game because of anti-LGBT law

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"It discriminates against the transgender community," school's athletic director says.

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HB2, the anti-LGBT law passed in North Carolina earlier this year, has caused another sporting event in the state to be canceled. This time, it's the University of Vermont women's basketball team, which canceled its Dec. 28 game at the University of North Carolina.

"After I took over as athletic director, it was something we began to look at and study, the issue and the law," Athletic Director Jeff Schulman told the Burlington Free-Press. "It discriminates against the transgender community."

Among other odious provisions, HB2 forces transgender people to use the restroom of the gender listed on their birth certificate, not the one they identify with. It has caused a major uproar since passing the Republican legislature and being signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

In a statement announcing the cancellation, Schulman said:

"The decision to cancel to our Dec. 28 women's basketball game at North Carolina was made as a result of concerns over the HB2 law, which prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms based on their gender identity.

"We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued. It would be hard to fulfill these obligations while competing in a state with this law, which is contrary to our values as an athletic department and university."

In July, the NBA moved the 2017 All-Star Game because of the law. The Albany University men's basketball team canceled its game this season at Duke because of the law.