The pop powerhouses were supposed to play shows in both Raleigh and Charlotte, but have decided to pull the plug on those performances because of the state’s anti-LGBTQ legislation.
About a month ago, Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, which states that local cities and towns can no longer create their own rules banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
HB2 also says that transgender individuals must use the bathrooms that match the “biological sex” on their birth certificates in public schools, government agencies, and public college campuses.
In light of this terrible piece of legislation, the musicians announced on Monday that their Honda Civic Tour: Future Now will not be stopping in NC, sharing their joint statement on Instagram.
Ch-ch-check it out (below):
#RepealHB2A photo posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Apr 25, 2016 at 2:01pm PDT
GLAAD‘s President & CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis applauded the artists’ actions, 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.”
And it looks like that message is coming through loud and clear, because on Monday, Democratic lawmakers in North Carolina filed a bill to repeal the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.
We would love to see this law overturned!
[Image via AKM-GSI.]