Stars like Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Bruce Springsteen have canceled concerts in North Carolina to protest the state’s anti-LGBT law, but Beyonce kept her scheduled tour date and performed in Raleigh on May 3. But to prove just how against this discriminatory legislation she is, she released a statement after the show on her support of equality.
Beyonce, 34, supports the LGBT community, but she decided not to cancel her concert in North Carolina, despite the passing of the discriminatory HB2 bill. Many have questioned why the singer still decided to take the stage in Raleigh on May 3, and she released a statement to explain that doing so definitely does NOT mean she’s in favor of the law.
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In doing so, the 34-year-old decided to raise awareness about organizations that are doing everything to fight the “Bathroom Bill,” which prevents people from using restrooms that align with their personal gender identities.
“As the Formation World Tour makes its stop in the Tar Heel state in the midst of such a controversial time, 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 wrote on her website. “To accomplish these goals, Equality NC tirelessly 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.”
Demi Lovato, 23, and Nick Jonas, 23, have also been vocal about their criticism of the law, and took things a step further by actually canceling their concert in the state later this summer. “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 explained in a 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.”
Additionally, Bruce Springsteen also called off a North Carolina show. Obviously, this is so disappointing to the fans, but the artists’ hope is that their supporters in NC stand behind them in their decision, making a true statement.
What do you think of Beyonce still performing in North Carolina, HollywoodLifers?