Beatles alum Ringo Starr has cancelled his June concert in North Carolina to stand up against the anti-LGBT law recently enacted by the state.
Starr cancelled the show in protest of the state’s law, also known as the “bathroom bill.” The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act or HB2 of North Carolina is perceived as discriminatory against gays and transgender people, USA Today wrote. The bill requires transgender people, including children in public schools, to use public bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates.
Ringo Starr was supposed to perform in Cary, North Carolina on June 18, but the singer said he would follow Bruce Springsteen and other artists who are “fighting against the bigotry.”
In a statement released by his publicist and posted on Facebook, Ringo Starr stated: “I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.”
The Beatles drummer also asked for support from organizations that are fighting to overturn the law. “As Canned Heat sang, ‘Let’s work together,’ and The Beatles said, ‘All you need is love,'” Starr said.
Springsteen and the E Street Band earlier cancelled their April 10 show in Greensboro, N.C., in protest of the new state law, Rolling Stone reported.
Other artists – including Cyndi Lauper, Gregg Allman, Brandi Carlile and Jimmy Buffet – have spoken out against N.C’s latest law. However, they have decided not to cancel their shows in the state. The artists explained that their loyalty is to their fans, not to the state of North Carolina, Billboard noted.
Lauper told ABC News that she planned to turn her upcoming Raleigh concert into an event “to build public support to repeal HB2.”
“I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality North Carolina’s efforts to repeal HB2 and I am proud of my manager and agent for joining me in this effort by donating their commissions from the show to this vital effort. I look forward to coming to North Carolina and standing up for equality and fairness. If we truly want an inclusive society, we all have to include ourselves in the effort to make that happen. This is the best way I know how to include myself and urge you to join me in the best way you know how,” said Lauper.