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Tourism Officials, Event Organizers Concerned About Impact of Anti-Trans Legislation on Industry

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Elite women mountain bikers race at the first weekend of the U.S. Cup Olympic qualifier event held in Fayetteville in April 2021.

Experience Fayetteville, the city's tourism bureau, as well as cycling event organizers and organizations say they're concerned about the recent calls for boycotts and venue changes after the Arkansas legislature passed several bills they say unfairly target the state's transgender community. A representative of NWA Equality says the LGBTQ is not endorsing boycotts at this time, but is encouraging donations to organizations like the ACLU and Human Rights Campaign, which plan to fight the laws in court.

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