Hateful legislation targeting the LGBT community in North Carolina created a groundswell of national opposition from the business community, which tends to prefer a welcoming, inclusive environment for employees and customers.
With a discriminatory bathroom bill that would write transgender discrimination into state law, Tennessee is on the brink of inviting similar opposition.
In today's Tennessean, major players from Nashville's tourism and television warned against the legislature's current trajectory. It could even jeopardize local production of ABC's Nashville.
“Letting this be the reason we lose the ‘Nashville’ show would be a huge blow,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. “The past four seasons that have filmed here have generated significant marketing and economic activity for the city. We are talking about keeping people working and driving sales tax revenue for the state.”