Commentary

Will NC’s new anti-LGBT law harm the summer travel season before it starts?

Much has been written about the corporate response to passage of the controversial “bathroom bill” signed by Governor Pat McCrory, but it’s become increasingly clear the anti-LGBT legislation will also impact some vacation plans.

Dozens of comments on the state’s official Travel & Tourism Facebook page finds people rethinking vacation plans after this week’s legislative action.

One writer simply posted a link to The New York Times editorial title: “Transgender law makes North Carolina pioneer in bigotry”

Here’s a sampling of other remarks:

Travel and Tourism reax

Montana’s Governor hoping to capture some of those tourism dollars issued the following invitation on social media:

Montana

And San Francisco’s Mayor has banned travel to N.C. after passage of the discriminatory law.

… let me be clear that San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in any City or State.

Do you think the new law will have an economic impact on our state? We welcome your comments below.

2 Comments


  1. Greg Ward

    March 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Like many teen boys I still look rather androgynous especially because I wear my hair over the eyes (the emo look) and still can’t shave. So now am I going to be arrested when entering a men’s bathroom because some may wonder if I’m a girl? Also how many police will now be assigned to every HS and college bathroom checking out guys like me to make sure I’m not a girl or a trans – such a waste of tax payer resources that should be spent fighting real crime?

  2. Michael Savitt

    March 28, 2016 at 11:35 am

    It shouldn’t surprise anyone that businesses only focus is to make money. Some very large companies and organizations have put out some very critical statements of this new ridiculous law. But, if history is any indication, those statements are only for P.R. purposes. Until the NCAA cancels future regional basketball tournament play. the NBA pulls out of the 2017 all star game in Charlotte, Citrix decides to move their Raleigh operations back to the west coast, American Airlines decides to cut their number of flights in and out of the state, IBM moves more of their operations elsewhere, etc. etc. it’s only empty rhetoric.

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