“We oppose this discriminatory bathroom legislation,” Dallas Stars President and CEO James R. Lites said in a prepared statement today.
And with that, the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars have become the first Texas professional sports franchise to officially oppose the so-called”bathroom bill” targeting transgender people.
The statement from the franchise read in it’s entirety:
“When the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993 we were fortunate to encounter success early on, and we’ve cultivated what we consider to be the best fan base in the National Hockey League. Dallas was warm and welcoming when we came to this great city 25 years ago, and it remains so today. The Dallas Stars stand strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory, including proposed bathroom legislation. We welcome fans from all over the globe, and our roster boasts players from half a dozen countries. Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all.
We’re thrilled that Dallas will host the NHL Draft next year, and we’re grateful that the NHL sees the true Dallas that we know and love, a Dallas that is friendly and vibrant. Dallas will be a wonderful host city and we’re grateful for the NHL’s business. We are proud of our home and want every visitor to feel at home here, too, and that’ s why we oppose this discriminatory bathroom legislation.”
The state Legislature failed to pass the bathroom bill during the regular legislative session that ended in May. Governor Greg Abbott then convened a special session to resurrect the issue and it must be passed before that special session ends next week.
The Stars announced last month that they will host the 2018 NHL Draft Friday-Saturday, June 22-23 at the American Airlines Center. The event is expected to be a major boost to the Dallas economy. This will be the first time the team hosts the draft. The Stars are celebrating their 25th season in Texas after leaving Minnesota.
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