Friday, August 26, 2016

Burlington Declines to Visit Chapel Hill

The University of Vermont women's basketball team has canceled its Dec. 28 game at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  It's not that the Catamounts feared a likely throttling from the much stronger Tar Heels.  This decision, according to a statement from the UVM athletic department, "was made as a result of concerns over the HB2 law, which prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms based on their gender identity.

"We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued. It would be hard to fulfill these obligations while competing in a state with this law, which is contrary to our values as an athletic department and university."

UVM has staked out the moral high ground AND avoided getting squashed like a bug.  I call that a win-win.