The Dallas Stars on Wednesday issued a statement, publicly opposing the controversial “bathroom bill” in Texas, becoming the first professional sports team in the state to do so against the proposed legislation, according to reports.
The proposed bill would restrict transgender people to using restrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificate, per the AP.
“When the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993 we were fortunate to encounter success early on, and we’ve cultivated what we consider to be the best fan base in the National Hockey League. Dallas was warm and welcoming when we came to this great city 25 years ago, and it remains so today,” said Stars president and CEO James Lites in a statement.
“The Dallas Stars stands strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory, including proposed bathroom legislation. We welcome fans from all over the globe, and our roster boasts players from half a dozen countries. Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all.”
Updated: The NHL has also responded to the proposed legislation through an email to Sportsnet.
“We strongly oppose the bill in its original form,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sportsnet. “We hope and expect that bill in that form will not be passed into law. We would obviously have to reassess the situation in the event that happens.”
The Stars will host the 2018 NHL Draft. The You Can Play Project, which advocates for equal treatment of athletes regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, praised the Stars following their announcement.