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Citing LGBT Law, Letter Asks Big City Mayors to End Travel Bans

Saturday Apr 15, 2017

The mayors of some of North Carolina's biggest cities are asking their colleagues across the country to end travel boycotts over a law critics say continues discrimination against LGBT people.

The mayors of 16 cities including Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, Concord and Charlotte wrote a letter released Friday asking for the return of conferences and conventions to North Carolina's cities. Those events are limited by travel bans states like California and cities like New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., are vowing to keep in place.

The letter tells mayors in nine big U.S. cities that North Carolina municipalities are hurting from the travel bans but lack power to increase LGBT protections.

Compromise legislation passed last month repealed North Carolina's "bathroom bill" but blocked local anti-discrimination laws until late 2020.

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