The tour mates released a statement to express their disappointment of the state’s discriminatory HB2 law.
Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Pearl Jam had done it and now Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are joining their act. The young singers have canceled two dates in North Carolina, a state which got panned for its so-called new “bathroom bill” law.
Lovato, Jonas along with Mike Posner are tour mates of Honda Civic Tour: Future Now. They were scheduled to play at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on June 30 and PNC Arena in Raleigh on July 2. The tour will now kick off June 24 in Sunrise, Fla. and skip the aforementioned dates.
“After much though and deliberation, we have decided to cancel our Honda Civic Tour: Future Now shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. 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,” a statement released on Lovato’s Twitter account read.
“North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law is extremely disappointing. It takes away some of the LBGT 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.”
The note, which was signed by both Lovato and Jonas, continued, “We know the cancellation of these shows is disappointing to our fans. But we trust that you will stand united with us against this hateful law.”
The newly enacted law allows transgender people certain public restrooms and prevents LBGT individuals to sue over human rights violations in the workplace. It’s no surprise that Lovato and Jonas were against this law. She was the recipient of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award in Los Angeles earlier this month and he was the one presenting her with the award.