Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas cancel NC tour dates over anti-LGBT law

Multi-platinum selling recording artist Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have canceled their North Carolina tour dates over the state's recently passed anti-LGBT law known as "HB2." In a statement released to GLAAD, the pair condemned the law and voiced their support for equality and acceptance:

After much thought and deliberation, Nick and I have decided to cancel our shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. One of our goals for the Honda Civic Tour: Future Now has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are.

North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law is extremely disappointing, and it takes away some of the LGBT 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.

We know the cancelation of these shows is disappointing to our fans, but we trust that you will stand united with us against this hateful law.

#RepealHB2

"Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas continue to be fearless advocates for LGBT equality and acceptance," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "By taking a firm stand against North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law, they're sending a clear message to fans and lawmakers alike: hate should never be tolerated."

Earlier this month, Lovato received GLAAD's Vanguard Award at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, in recognition of her work to advance LGBT equality and acceptance. Jonas presented Lovato with the award.

Lovato and Jonas are the latest in a long line of performers -- including Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Boston, Pearl Jam, and more -- taking a stand against the discriminatory law. Many others, including corporations and celebrities, have voiced opposition to HB2 as well. 

The law asserts the power of the state and overrides all local ordinances addressing employment, wages, or public accommodations, including a recent LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance passed in Charlotte. Access to single-sex public restrooms and locker rooms in publicly run facilities is restricted to people of the same corresponding sex assigned at birth under the new law, and transgender students are banned from using bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.

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