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Pearl Jam & Boston Cancel North Carolina Concerts Because of 'Bathroom Bill'

Pearl Jam & Boston
Image via Wikimedia Commons (Matt Becker and Lugnuts)

North Carolina should prepare for a concert-less summer.

With every passing week, more and more musicians are canceling their North Carolina concerts in protest of the detested HB2--commonly referred to as the "Bathroom Bill."

Both Pearl Jam and Boston announced they have canceled their upcoming North Carolina concerts. The classic rock bands join other pro-LGBT musicians including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr who also canceled their concerts in the state.

Last week, Cyndi Lauper announced she wouldn't cancel her concert, but would instead use the event to drum up support for Equality North Carolina--an advocacy group fighting against HB2.

In a handwritten statement, Pearl Jam called HB2 "despicable legislation" and vented their frustration with the current situation:

"We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are."

Pearl Jam Statement

Along those pro-LGBT lines, Boston posted a similar statement to their Facebook:

Governor Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law on March 23, and has since dealt with increasing protest and boycott efforts from national corporations, musicians, and some of Hollywood's elite. The bill would allow businesses to deny service to LGBT individuals and force transgender people to use the bathroom according to their gender at birth.

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