2017 PGA Championship to stay in Charlotte despite HB2 controversy

The 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C., will stay put amid the controversy surrounding House Bill 2, the PGA of America announced.

“The PGA of America strongly opposes North Carolina HB2. It contradicts our commitment to create an inclusive and welcoming environment at our events. We remain hopeful that the law will be changed,” the organization said in a statement.

The HB2 law limits anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ in the state, and recently caused the NBA to pull the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte.

“Since the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte is a private facility not subject to all of the provisions of HB2, at the 2017 PGA Championship we plan to allow spectators to use the restroom that conforms with their gender identity or gender expression,” the statement added. “As we look to future events, our willingness to consider coming back to the State of North Carolina will be severely impacted unless HB2 is overturned.”

The tournament will mark the first time Quail Hollow has hosted a major.

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