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The NCAA is a fraud on LGBT inclusion and always has been

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The NCAA’s return to N.C. shouldn’t be a surprise.

NCAA President Mark Emmert Press Conference
Mark Emmert and the NCAA have no real commitment to LGBT inclusion.
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No one should be surprised that the NCAA is turning its back on the LGBT community and returning events to North Carolina despite codified discrimination in the state by replacing HB2 with HB142.

The association allows members to openly fire gay coaches and expel LGBT student-athletes. If there was any true commitment to protecting LGBT people, they would have addressed this issue years ago.

Moving events out of North Carolina was the very least the association could do. And it wasn’t their own choice. Given the NBA and so many others had already pulled out of the state, the NCAA’s hand was forced. The fact that they are returning events to the state, which has legalized discrimination, underscores the fact that they never really wanted to pull out of North Carolina in the first place.

The NCAA's commitment to the LGBT community is by convenience only. Supporting inclusion and equality suddenly became inconvenient in North Carolina.