Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are the latest performers to cancel tour dates in North Carolina in protest of the state’s anti-LGBT HB2 law.
The singers announced the news via social media on Monday, letting fans know that they were canceling the Raleigh and Charlotte stops on their Honda Civic-sponsored Future Now tour.
“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,” Lovato and Jonas each posted on their Instagram pages.
The singers are following the lead of stars like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr, both of whom recently canceled North Carolina tour dates after HB2 -- which mandates that transgender individuals use public restrooms that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificate and eliminates legal protections against discrimination for LGBT individuals -- was signed into law on March 23.
Cirque du Soleil also canceled performances in Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh, while Mumford and Sons made the decision to carry on with their concert in Charlotte last week, but donated the proceeds to an LGBTQ charity.
“North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law is extremely disappointing, and it takes away some of the LGBT community’s most basic rights and protections,” Lovato and Jonas continued in their statement. “But we will not allow this to stop us from continuing to make progress for equality and acceptance.”
"We know the cancellation of these shows is disappointing to our fans, but we trust that you will stand united with us against this hateful law," they concluded.
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis made a statement in response to the singers’ announcement on Monday, saying, “Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas continue to be fearless advocates for LGBT equality and acceptance. By taking a firm stand against North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law, they're sending a clear message to fans and lawmakers alike: hate should never be tolerated.”