Singers Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas join the club of entertainers who have cancelled their shows in North Carolina over the state's controversial anti-LGBT law. The two, who were travelling across the US for their Honda Civic Tour: Future Now, issued a joint statement on Twitter on Monday protesting against the contentious House Bill 2 (HB2) law.
"After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel our Honda Civic Tour: Future Now shows in Raleigh and Charlotte," their joint Twitter post read.
They further added that, "One of our goals for the tour has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are." By taking such a strong stand against intolerance towards members of the LGBT community, the pop singers set an example. Previously, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Pearl Jam too cancelled their concerts in the state of North Carolina over the anti-LGBT law.
A controversy was sparked off when North Carolina's General Assembly passed the HB2 bill, better known as the "bathroom law", which prohibits the local authority from taking any action to protect the LGBT community against discrimination. Furthermore, transgender citizens are also required to use public toilets that match the gender mentioned in their birth certificate. Demi and Nick's tweet essentially made a mention of this.
"North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law is extremely disappointing, and it takes away some of the LGBT community's most basic rights and protections. But we will not allow this to stop us from continuing to make progress for equality and acceptance."
As a result of this move, the singer-duo won't be seen performing on 30 June at Charlotte's Time Warner cable Arena and on 2 July at a concert in Raleigh. After protesting against this discriminatory law, the artists have urged their fans to "stand united with us against this hateful law."