2017 PGA Championship to remain in North Carolina despite threat to event’s ‘inclusive’ bathrooms

by WorldTribune Staff, July 25, 2016

Golf’s last major tournament of 2017 will remain in North Carolina and fans in attendance will be able to use the bathroom that “conforms with their gender identity or gender expression,” Golf.com reports.

Quail Hollow Club
Quail Hollow Club

The PGA of America said the 2017 PGA Championship will be held as planned at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte.

The NBA announced last week it was moving its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of the HB2 (or “bathroom law”) legislation that some say discriminates against the LGBT community.

The PGA of America insisted the law won’t be enforced at the privately owned site. The tournament is scheduled for Aug. 7-13, 2017.

“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 PGA of America said in a written statement (via Golf.com), repeating language the group’s CEO Pete Bevaqua used last month in an interview when he warned that the law could affect where PGA events are played.

“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 PGA’s statement said.