Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are giving a big face palm to North Carolina now that the state government has passed HB2, an anti-LGBT law. The singers cancelled all of their concerts for their Future Now tour because, clearly, the state is stuck in the past.
Here’s what they said in a statement:
“After much thought and deliberation, Nick and I have decided to cancel our shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. One of our goals for the Honda Civic Tour: Future Now 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. #RepealHB2”
Demi’s been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community and received GLAAD’s Vangard Award during GLAAD’s Media Awards, but she and Nick have a point – it’s about basic human rights.
This law they’re standing up against prohibits anyone to go into the restroom of the gender they identify with. Instead, it states a person must go to the bathroom of the gender they were assigned to at birth. Which means that a transgender person would have to go into a woman’s restroom because that’s the gender they were born with. The law also gives the power to the state and overrides any local government ordinances.
“Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas continue to be fearless advocates for LGBT equality and acceptance,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO. “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.”
Read more about Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato’s statement here
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