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The NBA just did something awesome for LGBT fans of ANY team in the league

Joseph McCormick June 9, 2016
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The NBA has done something pretty special for LGBT fans of any team in the league.

A range of t-shirts, one for each team in the league, has been launched by the NBA.

Not only that, but all proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts go to GLSEN, which fights for LGBT rights.

The new range marks the first time a major American professional sporting league has released pride products for fans of every team, reports the Washington Post.

In the past the NBA has stood up against homophobic slurs by fining fans.

It most recently became embroiled in the debate around North Carolina’s HB2, which bans trans people from using gender appropriate bathrooms.

The league was forced to clarify after a fake news story briefly published by some news sources claimed that the NBA had given an ultimatum to North Carolina – to repeal the law or lose the All Star game.

But it was later clarified by the NBA that the quotes attributed to the league were fake.

The league previously said it was “deeply concerned” by North Carolina’s recently passed HB2, which rolled back pre-existing LGBT rights protections.

Hundreds of business leaders have urged the repeal of North Carolina’s HB2, and multiple celebrities have pulled out of appearances, including Ringo Starr and, Bruce Springsteen.

Springsteen was even accused of using “bully tactics” for cancelling the concert by one of the state’s Representatives.

But dozens of celebrities and hundreds of fans came to the defence of Springsteen, commending him for taking a stand.

Others such as Mumford and Sons and Cyndi Lauper have said they will appear but that they will donate their profits to LGBT rights organisations.

Mississippi also faces similar threats as Bryan Adams and Sharon Stone have pulled out of appearances there.

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