The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors have adopted new policies that could prevent some universities from hosting sporting events if their state has chosen to adopt any type of “bathroom bill” that discriminates the LGBTQ community.
The anti-discrimination policies are intended to protect spectators from discrimination. The new rules require that sites hosting NCAA events “demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event,” according to a statement released on Wednesday.
“The board’s decision follows the recent actions of legislatures in several states, which have passed laws allowing residents to refuse to provide services to some people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,” the NCAA wrote in its statement.
The move is a direct hit to states such as North Carolina and its recently passed House Bill 2, more commonly known as HB2.
HB2 was passed in March and bans transgender people from using the bathroom consistent with their gender identity. Under the bill citizens are supposed to use the bathroom that associates with the gender listed on their birth certificate.
Greensboro and Charlotte, North Carolina, which are slated to host NCAA men’s basketball games in 2017 and 2018, could be affected by the new NCAA rules.