Discrimination is bad for business. The organizers behind High Point Market have released a statement saying as much, in regards to North Carolina's HB2 "bathroom bill," which prevents transgender people from using the restroom that matches their identity.
The furniture market is the state's single largest economic event, generating more than $5 billion for the state's economy each year. In a statement, the organizers said that "hundreds and perhaps thousands of our customers will not attend Market this April."
High Point is oft-considered the furniture capital of the world, with many American furniture brands based there. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, located in Taylorsville, also released a statement on Monday condemning the law.
"As a North Carolinian, as a business man, and as a gay man – I couldn’t be more disappointed with Governor Pat McCrory signing bill HB2 into law,” said cofounder Mitchell Gold. "Not only is this an attack on the LGBT community, it’s an attack on our economy."