Pearl Jam follows Ringo Starr and Bryan Adams in cancelling their Raleigh, NC, concert to protest new anti-LGBT law.
In a statement posted on the band’s website, Pearl Jam called the new law “a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.”
Pearl Jam joins North Carolina boycott with a handwritten note against ‘despicable’ law
The Seattle based rock group, who were scheduled to perform at PNC Arena in Raleigh on April 20th, join the likes of Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen and Cirque du Soleil in boycotting the southeastern state due to the new law.
The protest is aimed at House Bill 2, signed into law by North Carolina governnor Pat McCrory in March, which prevents transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond with their new gender identity. The bill states that ‘public institutions must post signs saying that bathrooms and locker rooms are to be used only based on biological sex.’ It also prevents municipal governments from passing anti-discrimination laws.
The concert was cancelled with a handwritten note expressing “deep consideration and much regret.”
All tickets for the April 20th concert will be refunded.
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