York calls on North Carolina to repeal House Bill 2

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The NFL didn’t move its quarterly meeting from North Carolina to protest the controversial bathroom law known as House Bill 2. But that doesn’t stop the owners who showed up in Charlotte from making their views known while in town.

49ers CEO Jed York did so on Tuesday, strongly.

“The San Francisco 49ers are deeply concerned about North Carolina’s recently-enacted House Bill 2, which overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination across the state,” York said in a statement, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “HB 2 does not reflect the values of our organization, of our country, or the majority of North Carolinians.”

York also gave $75,000 to Equality NC, a statewide organization that promotes equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

“We firmly believe that discriminatory laws such as HB 2 are bad for our employees, bad for our fans, and bad for business,” York said. “We believe that HB 2 will make it far more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and retain the nation’s best and brightest workers and attract the most talented students from across the country. It will also diminish the state’s draw as a destination for sporting events, tourism and conventions, and new business activity.
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The law requires people to use the bathroom that reflects the gender on their birth certificate. All political views aside, we’re still waiting to hear more about how the law is going to be enforced.

45 responses to “York calls on North Carolina to repeal House Bill 2

  1. So if any man (it doesn’t have to be a transgender man, you know) wants to walk into a women’s locker room and take a shower in front of the women in there, we’re all supposed to celebrate that and bend over backwards to make sure the man does not feel uncomfortable. Why is there no consideration for the women who may not want to shower with a man? Why does a state that doesn’t want to support this insanity deserve to be attacked by having every politically correct business threaten to leave town? Why can’t we have a little common sense?

  2. He has to do that because he’s from San Francisco. He’s caving to PC and the pressures of his home market. But let’s be honest here. Silencing the rights of entire communities in order to codify rights for a super minority is wrong, and a supremely stupid move by Obama in an election year.

  3. “HB 2 does not reflect the values of our organization, of our country, or the majority of North Carolinians.”

    Who the hell is this clown to speak for the majority of North Carolinians, or the majority of the country?

  4. York has other things he should be worried about. This little man needs to quit playing with his moms money and team.

  5. Jed says hb22does not reflect the values of our team,our country,or north carolinans.i call bs on that.you are the last one to be spewing off about values.worry about California and leave North Carolina out of your mouth.frankly I’m with North Carolina on this one.

  6. Dear NFL (& NBA), stay out of it! It’s amazing to me how people are boycotting North Carolina over a common sense ruling that men should not be allowed in a bathroom with little girls and women, and they call it discrimination.

    Well, Black folk have been discriminated against in this nation for hundreds of years! Who’s pulling out of these United States for the discrimination that has NEVER stopped?

    There are far more Black people being discriminated against in America, including in the NFL, than there are transgender people being discriminated against. And we’re sick of the LGBT’s comparing their struggle to that of Black folk. It’s no contest.

    Michael Sam recently said he gets more racial discrimination INSIDE the LGBT community than he gets anti-gay discrimination from the Black community. So, LGBT’s stop throwing rocks and hiding your hands with your own discrimination!

    Again, NFL and NBA, stay out of this! Let NC handle their own business.

  7. I am about as liberal as they come, but this is absolutely ridiculous!
    If you can’t decide if you are a man or a woman, and feel that you will be “out of place”, in your birth-gender restroom….just piss before you leave your house.
    How much interaction do transgender people expect to have in a public restroom anyway?
    I just stare straight ahead at the wall, do what I have to do, and leave. I’m not there to have any discussion about feelings when I use a public restroom.
    Ayiyi! I can’t believe that this is real.

  8. Read HB2 before you comment. It is not a bathroom bill. That is just a small part of it. The bill allows discrimination. It makes it impossible to sue an employer in state court if you are fired or discriminated against based on gender, race, age, sexual orientation or many other factors. The press has focused on the this being a bathroom bill but is really is legal discrimination.

  9. The NBA All-Star game will be cancelled as well as the NCAA Tournament games scheduled there. More will come after that too. Watching bigots damage their own economy is fun!

  10. Jed – stick to being an idiot about one thing – Football, as opposed to being an idiot about two things – Football and Politics.

  11. I feel for the non-bigoted North Carolinians that have to suffer economically and culturally for the mis-guided bill.

    The boycotting has probably only just begun.

  12. The enforcement thing really is the key.

    Under the law, the police are apparently empowered to detain somebody for looking like the “wrong” sex.

    Does NC really think it is a good idea to have police empowered to look down the pants of a person to determine if the person is violating a law?

    Typically, we need a real crime before there is a body search. Apparently, the “small government conservatives” of North Carolina disagree.

  13. Shouldn’t York be more worried about the city that represents his team “San Francisco?” Serious homeless problem which has accelerated local crime. Libs’ tearing that city into pieces

  14. If you morons would actually take a moment to read the bill and not fall this election cycles wedge issue you would see that the HB2 bill has nothing to do with transgenders using public restrooms.

    Read the bill, line by line. You may just actually learn what your elected representatives are actually stripping from you in terms of worker rights hidden in the language of this bill.

    I love football just as much as the next person but wake up you idiots.

  15. sure is easy to be in the majority.

    google transgender and look at the stories of some of these kids, and what they have to deal with, and their suicide rate.

  16. The NFL should put their money where their mouth is. If they are really this upset and offended by this law, then don’t attend the meeting and move it to another city. They had plenty of time to get new hotel arrangements in another city, but yet they showed up in Charolette anyway. Either take action or stop whining.

  17. This is pretty simple. If you have two “X” chromosomes, you are a woman and you should use the “Women’s” bathroom. All others are “men” and therefore should use the “Men’s” bathroom. Why is this so difficult?

  18. Reading the comments here is interesting.

    Now that York has been called names by people too afraid to post in their own names, I’m sure he will change his opinions.

    Lads, rather than calling the guy names, just scream at clouds. It serves the same purpose.

  19. Really? The majority of Americans don’t want the opposite sex in their bathrooms..it is kind of easy use the one that you were assigned. Just stop with the PC BS. This what liberals do. They make problems were their are none. I am tired of it and so are many people who will have their voices heard.

  20. “In Teddy We Trust says:
    May 24, 2016 3:23 PM

    So if any man (it doesn’t have to be a transgender man, you know) wants to walk into a women’s locker room and take a shower in front of the women in there, we’re all supposed to celebrate that and bend over backwards to make sure the man does not feel uncomfortable. Why is there no consideration for the women who may not want to shower with a man? Why does a state that doesn’t want to support this insanity deserve to be attacked by having every politically correct business threaten to leave town? Why can’t we have a little common sense?”

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    As far as I know, until now, no state has ever felt it necessary to pass a law prohibiting men from going into women’s locker rooms or bathrooms.

    The position of the North Carolina legislature would appear to be that women have more to fear from transgendered women than they do from, for example, convicted serial rapists.

  21. Jed York is a silver spoon fed buffoon.

    Having said that, this bill is legalized discrimination. Even if transgendered were 0.00000000001% of the population our constitution guarantees them the same civil rights as everyone else.

    The right lost the abhorrent fight against same sex rights and are now targeting transgendered Americans to rile up their base. I get it, you want sexuality to be black and white and marginalize people who don’t conform to your simple point of view. It still doesn’t allow you to violate their civil rights, just as if you were adverse to interracial or same sex marriage.

    If your close minded enough to think that this bill prevents pedophiles/sexual predators to take advantage of children then I have a bridge to sell you because priests are still allowed in mens bathrooms.

  22. A lot of the above comments were said about gay people too a few years ago. Even further back than that the same comments were made as well about black people. Yes. Football is important. But civil rights are one of the few things that are even more so.

  23. In Teddy We Trust says:
    May 24, 2016 3:23 PM

    So if any man (it doesn’t have to be a transgender man, you know) wants to walk into a women’s locker room and take a shower in front of the women in there, we’re all supposed to celebrate that and bend over backwards to make sure the man does not feel uncomfortable. Why is there no consideration for the women who may not want to shower with a man?
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    This law makes as much sense as barring all Catholic priests from using restrooms. Actually even less sense since there are actually lots of cases where priests have raped children in bathrooms and I’ve still yet to see a single case of a transgender person raping a child in a bathroom.

    Fear mongering aside of course.

  24. Governor McCrory issued an executive order stating that people can sue for discrimination in the state court. HB2 states that people must use the public restroom that is designated on their birth certificate, which can be update to reflect any changes to a persons gender. HB2 also allows any private enterprise to set their own policy regarding who may use what bathroom, so PayPal or the Panthers (Bank of America Stadium was privately funded I believe) and any of these other companies that are boycotting can allow anyone to use any bathroom. There are no burdens placed on private enterprise, unlike what the Charlotte City council tried to do, which was force private enterprise into allowing a free for all in the bathrooms and locker rooms.

  25. Everyone focuses on some fictional pervert that will pray vulnerable girls. Common sense would tell you if you’re transgendered you got more to fear from using the bathroom based on how you’re dressed rather than how you identify yourself. Transgendered people identify themselves as a guy or girl and live by it. It’s fairly obvious.

    It’s all dogma to forget about all the parts of the Bill that gives people based on their religious beliefs the right to fire or discriminate against a person who is not a traditional heterosexual.

  26. I’m not a fan of NCs HB2 but if York is against it, I may have to reconsider. Please don’t make me reconsider. Please make the NFL’s worst owner come out in favor.

  27. Good for York…..Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere….people need to speak out even if it doesn’t affect them……

  28. Based on historical data, to enforce the law, ask for conservatives to volunteer to be crouch-walkers. The Republican Party is full of people like former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, who would love such a job.

    Bigots never think far ahead enough to figure out how they would enforce it, they’re just too busy taking a “wide stance” on issues most of us don’t care about.

  29. Since everything is okay with the 49ers and sees no problem with the team, Jeb can now focus on other issues not affecting the team. /s

  30. grizzly224 says:
    May 24, 2016 3:43 PM

    Read HB2 before you comment. It is not a bathroom bill. That is just a small part of it. The bill allows discrimination. It makes it impossible to sue an employer in state court if you are fired or discriminated against based on gender, race, age, sexual orientation or many other factors. The press has focused on the this being a bathroom bill but is really is legal discrimination.
    _______

    Sounds like you’re the one who needs to read the bill. What you said is not true.

  31. lscottman3 says:
    May 24, 2016 3:55 PM

    sure is easy to be in the majority.

    google transgender and look at the stories of some of these kids, and what they have to deal with, and their suicide rate.
    ________

    Now google the suicide rate after they have gender reassignment surgery. It’s the same rate! Making yourself into the opposite sex doesn’t change anything. These people need help, not coddling. If an extremely thin anorexic woman told you she thought she was fat, would you encourage her to try to lose more weight? That’s not kindness, that’s cruelty.

  32. I identify as a silver spoon-faced virtue signaling NFL owner. Let me in to this luxury box on the 50 here in Levi Staduim you bigot.

  33. What everyone seems to be missing is this. This IS NOT about transgendered and where they go to the bathroom – it’s about (primarily male) sex offenders, potential sex offenders and general perverts being able to use “SELF IDENTIFYING” as a woman as a get out of jail free card to allow them to hang out in women’s bathrooms, locker rooms/showers and dressing rooms. This is a public safety issue. I’m sorry if that .1% of 1% are offended but we inconvenience far greater percentages of people inconvenienced in this country in the name of government over reach in regards to “public safety” (have you tried buying Sudafed lately?) If you can’t grasp that this is the real issue here then you’re a bigger idiot than the York and Mara clowns.

    As far as the legal protections of PRIVATE businesses to be sued for who they decide to hire, not hire or fire – that’s an issue we can rationally discuss and agree to disagree about in regards to where the line should be drawn between the government and PRIVATE businesses and how that should be handled.

  34. I support HB2 !!!

    And i don’t support Left wing , radical , whack jobs from San Fran !!

  35. I don’t know anything about York but there are plenty of North Carolinians that see the bill for what it is, a political power play. It is a bad bill and is not long for this world. Those trying to make it a “bathroom” issue are misinformed on the facts. Totally surprising on the PFL comments threads I know.

  36. Jed Youk is an complet and total embarrassment to the San Francisco 49er organization, the players and its fan base.

    Signed – The Faithfuls

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