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LGBT Sports Leagues Thriving In N.C. After HB2

LGBT sports leagues thriving in N.C. after HB2

Last August, the Washington Blade reported on the successful launch of Stonewall Sports franchises in two small cities in North Carolina. Their success, despite having small populations, was a result of good leadership and community support.

Earlier this year, North Carolina passed a law known as HB2 that strikes down local LGBT anti-discrimination laws. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has repeatedly defended the law, which is being challenged in court.

The effects are wide-ranging and include banning transgender people from accessing restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity and blocking local governments from protecting LGBT people against discrimination in a variety of areas. (Click here to continue reading)

A&M University Head Coach Fired For Suspending Gay Basketball Players Dating Each Other!

Former Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers head coach Dawn Brown.
Former Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers head coach Dawn Brown.

 

Prairie View Texas A&M University Head Coach Dawn Brown Has Been Terminated From The Woman’s Basketball Team.


(Prairie View, Texas) – The fall out from the termination of Dawn Brown continues on Monday, the final day Brown can file an appeal for her firing.

Dawn Brown, head coach for the Prairie View A&M women’s basketball team “Lady Panthers” will not be returning in 2016, as announced by the university last week.  Brown was named head coach in 2014, becoming the fifth head coach. She led the team to become an NCAA Division I member.

 

GEORGE-WEB-BANNER-ABOUT-MAGAZINE-1024x159 A&M University Head Coach Fired For Suspending Gay Basketball Players Dating Each Other!

According to the University, Brown was terminated for enforcing a rule that allegedly violates Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation at Universities receiving federal financial assistance.

Brown suspended two female members of the team during the season for dating each other. Brown maintains the players violated team rules which A&M had approved.

But the two former players filed a complaint saying they were being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.

Prairie View A&M athletics director Ashley Robinson declined comment through a school spokesperson.

Did The Houston Texans Owner Violate NFL Discrimination Policy By Supporting Anti-HERO Ordinance

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair

“It is the policy of the National Football League to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.”

 

(HOUSTON, TX) Houston Texans’ owner, and devoted christian Robert McNair has joined the ranks of Lance Berkman, donating $10,000.00 to the Anti-Houston HERO campaign. [Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance] on the heels of going to the polls. But; does this donation violate the NFL’s policy on discrimination?

Campaign for Houston spokesman Jared Woodfill said the donation “was very exciting for us.” Relating to McNair’s check earlier this week.

(Update) Robert McNair has released the following statement.

“Houston is a city known for the diversity and exceptionalism of its hard working people. We are also a city that works to ensure that everyone is treated respectfully and fairly.” McNair stated in a statement released through the Houston Texans.

“I strongly believe that everyone who lives or works in or visits Houston should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Because of the way the HERO ordinance is written, it has begun to separate rather than unite our community. This problem can be solved by defeating the current bill in November, thoughtfully rewriting it and then resubmitting it to the voter,” McNair said.

“Bob and Janice have always taken their roles as Christian stewards very seriously” a sentence from the McNair Foundation website reads. Mr. McNair is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award.- The nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency.

It’s not the first time the Houston Texans’ have been accused of discrimination. The Texan’s were scorned by the NFL over their refusal to select Michael Sam in the first overall draft pick.

“Coaches, General Managers and others responsible for interviewing and hiring draft-eligible players and free agents must not seek information concerning or make personnel decisions based on a player’s sexual orientation”- a memo issued by the NFL.

This includes asking questions during an interview that suggest that the player’s sexual orientation will be a factor in the decision to draft or sign him. Stated an internal memo from the NFL relating to the leagues sexual orientation anti-discrimination and harassment policy guidelines. All factors that would be covered in HERO.

The anti-HERO campaign is currently targeting women in first radio ads where speakers rail against anti-discrimination law that is on the November ballot. Most critics of the law, largely Christian conservatives, object to the non-discrimination protections it extends to gay and transgender residents — one of the 13 other protected groups.

Mayor Annise Parker, has warned that repealing the law could damage the city’s economy and could jeopardize high-profile events such as Houston’s 2017 Super Bowl.

“The HERO supporters have tried to scare people into believing that we would lose the Super Bowl,” Woodfill said. “Obviously, if there were any truth behind that, Bob McNair wouldn’t’ be donating to the folks that are opposed to the ordinance.”

Houston Lifestyles Magazine once wrote that Houston was truly blessed to have the McNair family relating to an article of the giving nature of the McNair family. “Robert and Janice McNair are very giving and sincerely care about their fellowman,” the article rattles. “The McNairs are a true class act, a witness for their Christian faith, and true leaders in every sense of the word.” But is supporting a cause against protecting thirteen different classes from discrimination really caring about the ‘fellowman?’

Michael Sam Endorses Houston’s Prop 1 Ordinance

Former NFL player Michael Sam has endorsed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

The first openly gay player to be drafted into the National Football League and Houston native has endorsed the Houston Equal Rights Oridiance. Prop1 is a measure that aims to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in Houston and is set to come before city voters on Nov. 3 .

Michael Sam, a LaMarque, Texas, native, gained national attention after being drafted in the NFL, announced this morning his support via e-mail from the Human Rights Campaign.

“I know first-hand what it feels like to be unwelcome – to live an open and authentic life in a place where you can be ostracized or even discriminated against for simply being yourself.”

 

Sam says. “That’s why as a Texas native I was thrilled when Houston passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) last year…and equally disappointed when opponents petitioned for its repeal this year.

“I’ve seen what the opposition is doing and it’s revolting – launching ugly ads insinuating LGBT people pose a danger to the community,” Sam says. “They’re out in full force, trying to scare fair-minded Texans into voting against their LGBT neighbors.”