NGS States Concerns About HB 2 Impact on Their 2017 Raleigh Conference
With respect to the concerns we have heard about Raleigh and the impact of North Carolina's recent law, HB 2, the NGS Board of Directors states the following:
The Board is committed to inclusion. NGS does not discriminate and does not knowingly contract with hotels and convention centers that discriminate.
The NGS Board of Directors has sent a letter of concern to the Raleigh Convention Center and our conference hotels, asking that they help ensure Raleigh is a safe and welcoming location for all of our 2017 conference attendees.
At this time, NGS has no plans to move or cancel the 2017 conference. We hope our members and friends will understand that planning a conference is a multi-year undertaking, involving many contractual commitments to other entities and individuals; we need to honor these commitments.
We note that the Mayor of Raleigh, subsequent to the passage of HB 2, said her city: "will continue to support all of our businesses, citizens and visitors with the utmost respect, regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability." The Wake County Commissioners have noted that "County employees and applicants cannot be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status or political affiliation. As a board and as a county, we remain committed to those principles."
The Board respects the individual right of every NGS member to act as he or she deems proper with regard to the North Carolina law or to attending or speaking at the 2017 conference.