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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan and the Ohio Democratic Congressional Delegation Invite NBA to Host 2017 All-Star Game in Cleveland

July 22, 2016
Press Release

CLEVELAND, OH – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Marcia Fudge (OH-11) and Joyce Beatty (OH-3) today to invite the NBA to host the 2017 All-Star Game in Cleveland, Ohio. The NBA announced yesterday that they would no longer allow Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star Game over North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which bars of transgender people from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identities. Cleveland's City Council has recently unanimously passed legislation empowering transgender people to choose whichever bathroom aligns with their gender identity.

July 22, 2016

Adam Silver
Commissioner
National Basketball Association
Olympic Tower
645 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Dear Mr. Silver,

We applaud the NBA's recent decision to respect and honor the LGBTQ community and pull the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Your decision, especially given your organization's massively influential role among the American people, continues to set a national precedent of acceptance that we should all strive to uphold.

In refusing to endorse North Carolina’s House Bill 2, and its barring of transgender people from using bathrooms that corresponds to their gender identities, you are firmly promoting basic American principles like tolerance and inclusion.

In Ohio, we understand that every individual deserves equal rights and protections under the law. That is why we would like to invite you to host the 2017 All-Star Game in Cleveland, Ohio. We pride ourselves on our culture of equality and respectJust a few years ago, Cleveland and Akron proudly hosted the ninth Gay Games. This celebration of love and sports flourished in Ohio, as that year was the most economically successful event in the Games' three-decade long history.

Our lawmakers continue to enact legislation that mirrors the cultural and social acceptance exhibited at those games. Recently, Cleveland's City Council unanimously passed legislation empowering transgender people to choose whichever bathroom aligns with their gender identity. Cleveland’s City Council stood up to promote love and recognition by holding our people accountable to high standards of fairness.

As home of the 2016 World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, we understand the importance of basketball and economic opportunity and joy it can bring to a city. Cleveland would be proud to host the 2017 All-Star game and create an atmosphere where everyone can feel welcome.

Thank you for your attention to this issue.

Sincerely,

Tim Ryan
Member of Congress

Marcy Kaptur
Member of Congress

Marcia Fudge
Member of Congress

Joyce Beatty
Member of Congress