Dallas Stars 1st Pro Team to Publicly Oppose Texas’ ‘Bathroom Bill’

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30:  President, CEO and Alternate Governor Jim Lites of the Dallas Stars speaks on the draft floor during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Dallas Stars publicly opposed the Texas “bathroom bill” Wednesday that would require transgender people in Texas to only use bathrooms in schools or government buildings based on their birth-certificate gender.

“The Dallas Stars stands strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory, including proposed bathroom legislation,” team president Jim Lites said, per Lauren McGaughy of the Dallas Morning News. “Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all.”

His statement made the Stars the first team to publicly denounce this particular legislation about bathroom use for transgender people. All of the city’s major sports teams appear to be against the legislation, however, per McGaughy:

“While Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has criticized the bill, Lites is the first club president to reject legislation on behalf of an entire team. Sources have told The Dallas Morning News the Dallas Cowboys have been quietly lobbying against the bills, but the team has not yet publicly rejected it.”

“Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has also spoken out on the bill, saying he doesn’t believe the legislation has hurt Texas business prospects yet, but, ‘We can only use the excuse of having crazy, entertaining state politicians who are merely a sideshow for so long.'”

A similar law in North Carolina was met with stiff resistance and outcry from the sporting world. The NBA pulled its All-Star Game from the state, while the NCAA pulled basketball tournament games from the state as well before the law was repealed.

Both the NBA and NFL have warned the state of Texas, meanwhile, that passing what is seen by many as a discriminatory law against transgender people could cost the state major events in the future.

“If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Ileana Najarro of the Houston Chronicle in February.

“We consider a wide range of factors when making decisions about host locations for league-wide events like the All-Star Game—foremost among them is ensuring the environment where those who participate and attend are treated fairly and equally,” NBA spokesman Bass added that same month, per Najarro.

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Here’s How One DIY Pro Built His Own Backyard Hobbit Hole

Tucked away in Bedford, England is a hobbit hole with a very modern twist. While no real hobbits reside there, the house is exceptionally made.

After a tree died in his backyard, Ashley Yeates decided to repurpose the space into this brilliant storage space. Keep in mind Yeates isn’t your ordinary DIYer. He’s a design and construction expert, and the project took him and his pal, Alec, a year to complete.

It started off with a hole big enough to fit a sturdy wooden frame. If you’re curious on how such a structure would take on unpredictable weather, Yeates made sure to cover all his bases early on and incorporated “plenty of waterproof layers.”

Next up was creating the actual structure, once again keeping moisture control in mind. He also made sure the surface of the hobbit hole would eventually be mow-able.

After competing the outside, the duo took on the interior, which turned out equally impressive. They built a mini staircase, created a workstation, and even equipped the space with electricity. And that’s not all:

With a built in kitchenette and planned gaming/cinema system, this hobbit hole is turning out to be a pretty decent place to hang-out. Especially with the dimming lights and air-cooling system.

Plus, check out the ample storage areas.

For more photos of this homemade hobbit hole and the details on how to build your own,check out Yeates’ blog.

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