Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas Cancel North Carolina Concerts Over Anti-LGBT Bill
Jonas and Lovato announced on Monday in a joint Twitter statement the cancelation of their Future Now shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, which were scheduled for June 30 and July 2, respectively. “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,” their statement read.
North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, also called the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, prohibits transgender individuals from using public restrooms that match their gender identity. The act also struck down locals laws that helped protect members of the LGBT community. Lovato and Jonas further noted in their statement, “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.” They added, “We know the cancelation of these shows is disappointing to our fans, but we trust that you will stand united with us against this hateful law. #RepealHB2.”
Lovato and Jonas join a growing list of artists boycotting the state. Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Bryan Adams, Boston, Mumford & Sons, and Ringo Starr have all canceled shows on North Carolina. Additionally, Cirque Du Soleil, which had multiple shows planned from April through July, has pulled out from performing there due to the law.