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San Francisco 49ers CEO calls for repeal of House Bill 2

San Francisco 49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York gestures while speaking to reporters during a media conference on Jan. 4, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif.
San Francisco 49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York gestures while speaking to reporters during a media conference on Jan. 4, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. AP

The San Francisco 49ers’ CEO Jed York said this week that the team has donated $75,000 to help repeal North Carolina’s controversial new LGBT law, House Bill 2.

The donation went to Equality North Carolina, a nonprofit focused on LGBT issues. The California team has long supported LGBT rights, including by offering domestic-partner benefits, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday night.

York’s announcement comes as owners or representatives from the 32 NFL teams gather in Charlotte for their annual spring meeting.

“When you see something that to me is blatant disregard for human rights … I wanted to make sure we did something and didn’t stand for discrimination to take place in our country,” York said, according to the Chronicle.

York doesn’t intend to prevent the 49ers from playing in North Carolina because of HB2 because “it wouldn’t be fair to the players,” the Chronicle reported.

The 49ers are scheduled to play the Carolina Panthers Sept. 18 at Bank of America Stadium.

The stadium has in the past encouraged transgender men and women to use the facilities in which they feel the most comfortable, and the Panthers reaffirmed that stance after HB2 passed earlier this spring.

HB2 requires people in government facilities to use the restroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate. It also sets statewide categories of protected classes under nondiscrimination laws that exclude sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill, which overturned a Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance, was signed into law March 23.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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