by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 10, 2017
The president and CEO of professional hockey's Dallas Stars, James R. Lites, has issued a statement against the "bathroom bill" under consideration in Texas during the state's special legislative session, which began July 18 and will last up to 30 days. The bill would require people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth, which targets transgender people. While the proposed legislation has been approved by the Texas Senate, so far the House has refused to debate the matter.
In his statement, Lites said, "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. The Dallas Stars stand 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.
"We're thrilled that Dallas will host the NHL Draft next year, and we're grateful that the NHL sees the true Dallas that we know and love, a Dallas that is friendly and vibrant. Dallas will be a wonderful host city, and we're grateful for the NHL's business. We are proud of our home and want every visitor to feel at home here, too, and that's why we oppose this discriminatory bathroom legislation."
According to Texas Monthly and the Dallas Morning News, Bob McNair, owner of the NFL's Houston Texans, has been critical of the bill, and the Dallas Cowboys apparently have been lobbying against it behind the scenes.