Following in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Boston and more, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato have cancelled two of their upcoming shows in North Carolina due to the state’s HB2 law.
Jonas and Lovato were scheduled to playing in Charlotte on June 30 and Raleigh on July 2 but took to social media last night to reveal that they wouldn’t be stopping in the state.
“After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel our Honda Civic Tour: Future Now shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. 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,” read an Instagram post from both singers.
“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,” the post continued.
Lovato and Jonas apologized to their fans for cancelling the shows but urged their fans to stand with them against the law.
“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 wrote.
Nicknamed the “bathroom bill,” the HB2 law, which was passed in March, dictates which bathrooms transgender people can use.
While many bands and artists have decided not to perform in North Carolina, some artists have decided to continue on with their shows in the state.
Mumford & Sons didn’t cancel their Charlotte show but did reveal that they would donate all profits from the show to LGBT charities.
“As a band that relishes welcoming everyone to our shows and promoting tolerance, we do want to take a stand with the people of North Carolina who this week are shouting loudly against intolerance, fear and discrimination,” said the band.