CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An anti-gay company and Charlotte Hornets sponsor whose president signed a letter in February opposing a suite of LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances will hold a grand opening for their relocated headquarters in Charlotte on Thursday.
Technocom President Jim Riggins was among nearly 100 anti-LGBT religious leaders, activists and business owners who signed on to the letter drafted by the far-right legal group Alliance Defending Freedom. The letter had asked Council to vote against the proposals, which were defeated in a vote on March 2.
The letter — a nearly word-for-word copy of a legal memo drafted by Alliance Defending Freedom — repeated homophobic and transphobic scare tactics, falsely linking transgender people and others in the LGB community to sexual predation.
Technocom, formerly based in Matthews, announced their grand opening events, scheduled for Thursday, with a press release whose headline read, “Hornet’s Official Business Solutions Partner Celebrates Twenty-Eight Years.”
The Charlotte Hornets will attend the grand opening event, along with other “long time clients and partners,” according to the release; those include Charlotte Motor Speedway, WBT’s The Link, CBS Radio’s THE FAN and Charlotte City Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey. Kinsey had been among several Council members in favor of the LGBT-inclusive protections.
Other Technocom partners have included Levine Properties and the Charlotte Regional Partnership.
Other signatories on the February letter included: Jim Noble, owner of several restaurants in Charlotte and Winston-Salem including Uptown’s Rooster’s and King’s Kitchen’s and Winston-Salem’s Noble’s Grille, and Principal Doug Stephan and Vice President, Tim Hill of Vision Ventures, a large real estate development company that once owned Uptown’s EpiCentre and currently owns Ballantyne Village.