Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have decided to cancel the North Carolina dates on their upcoming “Future Now” tour in response to the state’s controversial “bathroom bill,” which critics believe is anti-LGBT.
The two announced their decision in a joint Twitter message Monday.
“After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel our Honda Civic Tour: Future Now shows in Raleigh and Charlotte,” the message says of their two performances. “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.”
The law, which was approved last month by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, bans people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex indicated on their birth certificate.
Several musicians have already spoken out against the legislation. Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr canceled concerts, Cyndi Lauper announced that her show would become a rally against the law, and Jimmy Buffett and Gregg Allman slammed the law, although they did not cancel their performances in North Carolina.
“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," Jonas and Lovato added.
“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.”