The Panthers are going to have one fewer game in their stadium this season, after the ACC pulled its conference championships from the state of North Carolina over the state’s controversial bathroom law HB2.
But the team’s position maintains unchanged, regarding the bill that stripped away protections from the LGBT community and most visibly required transgender persons to use the bathrooms of their birth rather than as they identify.
“We are aware of the decision from the Atlantic Coast Conference,” the team statement read. “Although we are disappointed, we remain steadfast in providing an inclusive environment at Bank of America Stadium. As we stated last summer, after more than 20 years of operations, we undoubtedly have had transgender persons attend events here and, presumably, they have used the restroom of the gender with which they identify. Our organization is against discrimination and has a long history of treating all of our patrons at Bank of America Stadium with dignity and respect.”
The Panthers have taken a low-key approach to the entire topic, distancing themselves from a law that has caused the NBA to pull the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, and triggered other losses from concerts to businesses stopping plans to relocate or build there.
They clearly were never going to move their own games, and the NFL didn’t even move its owners meeting there in May when the issue was hot. So it appears that like many North Carolinians, they’re waiting to see if the November elections change the political climate in the state and the problem handles itself.