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Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato are the latest celebrities to take a stand against the recently passed transphobic law in North Carolina. The new law states that patrons in public places must use the restroom of the gender they were assigned at birth. This means that transgender people using public restrooms are not allowed to the restroom of their gender identity.
Citing what is being referred to as “the bathroom bill,” Jonas and Lovato are showing their support against the bill by canceling their upcoming Future Now tour stop.
Both artists have always been vocal about their support for the LGBT community and issued a heartfelt joint Twitter announcement yesterday, saying, “After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel our Honda Civic Tour: Future Now shows in Raleigh and Charlotte,” the message says of their two performances. “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. 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. 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.”
In addition to the two young singers, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr both canceled their recent North Carolina concerts, while Cyndi Lauper opted to turn her show into a rally against the new law.
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