Beyonce Speaks Out Against North Carolina Anti-LGBT Law – STATEMENT
Beyonce is speaking out against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law to help bring attention to those “carrying on the message of equality.” Following her Formation World Tour concert in Raleigh the night before, on Wednesday the singer released a statement on her website attacking the state’s HB2 law. As Gossip Cop has previously reported, the bill prohibits transgender individuals from using public restrooms that match their gender identity, as well as limits laws protecting LGBT individuals.
Beyonce’s statement reads, “We think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy.” She notes, “Among the many organizations doing the good work to get this bill overturned, there is Equality NC, a local organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBT) North Carolinians.”
About Equality NC, Beyonce says the organization “lobbies the North Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments, broadcast LGBT news, stories and content, and mobilize our communities on issues that matter, including marriage equality, parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnerships, and HIV/AIDS.”
Beyonce is one of many artists who have either canceled shows in North Carolina or performed there but donated money to fight for equality. As Gossip Cop reported, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas announced in April they were canceling shows there. Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Ringo Starr have also skipped performances due to the law. Mumford & Sons, Father John Misty, Against Me!, Cyndi Lauper and Duran Duran played their scheduled shows in North Carolina, but gave proceeds to local LGBT rights organizations.