University of Vermont axes North Carolina game over LGBTQ law

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The University of Vermont has canceled its women’s basketball team’s upcoming game in North Carolina over a state law that governs transgender bathroom access.

The Burlington Free Press reports that the Catamounts at UVM were scheduled to face the Tar Heels at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Dec. 28.

UVM athletic director Jeff Schulman says the cancellation was a result of concerns over the law, which requires transgender people to use the restrooms in schools and many public buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, rather than their gender identity.

Schulman says the law discriminates against the transgender community.

UVM and UNC had agreed to the nonconference game on March 29, less than a week after the law went into effect.

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