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Victim assistance organization cancels Charlotte event because of LGBT law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to the media about House Bill 2 following a Novo Nordisk groundbreaking ceremony March 28, 2016, in Clayton.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to the media about House Bill 2 following a Novo Nordisk groundbreaking ceremony March 28, 2016, in Clayton. The Raleigh News & Observer

Another group has canceled an upcoming event in Charlotte because it opposes North Carolina’s new LGBT law.

The National Organization for Victim Assistance was supposed to have its 42nd annual training event at Sheraton Charlotte Hotel-Le Meridien Aug. 21-24.

About 1,200 were scheduled to attend the nonprofit’s event, FOX 46 Charlotte reported Thursday. The event equated to about 1,516 room nights in the city, NOVA’s director told the news channel.

NOVA’s director added that he hopes to have the training event in Charlotte once House Bill 2 is overturned, FOX 46 reports.

HB2, which Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law March 23, creates a statewide nondiscrimination standard that excludes sexual orientation and gender identity. It also mandates transgender people use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate.

Earlier this week, the Association for Library Service to Children said it was canceling its September event in Charlotte because of the bill. At least 20 other groups have also backed out of Charlotte because of concerns over the new LGBT law, the city’s tourism arm says. PayPal canceled a plan to open a global operations center in Charlotte, and performing artists such as Boston, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam have all canceled their North Carolina shows because they oppose the measure.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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