Barbara Risman, professor in the Department of Sociology, was quoted in a recent New York Times article entitled “North Carolina and Mississippi See Tourist Backlash After L.G.B.T. Laws.” The article examines the public backlash the two states have faced since enacting legislation which has been perceived as anti-L.G.B.T. by many. Dr. Risman, the former president of the Southern Sociological Society talks about how the group has made plans to relocate their upcoming conference, which had been scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“ ‘We don’t want to spend our money in a state that discriminates against the L.G.B.T. community,’ she said, ‘and since our members often bring their families along to the conferences and stay in the destination for a few days after for fun, we’re talking about tourist dollars from airfare, hotel rooms and meals not going to Charlotte.’ ”
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