Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas stand up for equal rights.
The singers will embark on their Future Now Tour in North America this summer, but two cities they will no longer journey to are Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina.
They notified fans their decision is due to the controversial House Bill 2, which critics have called “the most anti-LGBT bill in the country.”
House Bill 2 bar local courts from creating their own rules prohibiting discrimination in public places based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It also directs public schools, government agencies and college campuses to require that multiple-occupancy restrooms and changing rooms, like locker rooms, be used for people based on their “biological sex” that’s listed on their birth certificate. What does this mean? Transgendered people must use bathrooms / changing rooms according to their birth certificate.
Demi and Nick do not support the bill and shared a message notifying fans of the cancellation.
“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,” they wrote.
“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 add, “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."
Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam also recently cancelled shows in North Carolina due to the bill.