Ringo Starr has joined the now growing list of artists to cancel a gig in North Carolina in protest against what he and his peers deem as a discriminatory new law in the US state.
Starr has followed the actions of fellow superstar Bruce Springsteen who also pulled his show in the state over its controversial HB2 bill.
The newly implemented North Carolina law states that individuals have to use bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex, which some have seen as discriminatory towards transgender people. The law has also had an impact on local government’s ability to pass anti-discrimination laws.
Starr was all set to perform in Cary, North Carolina, on June 18th, but said in a released statement: “I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.”
The ex-Beatle also added: “How sad that they feel this group of people cannot be defended.”
Meanwhile, Cyndi Lauper has said that her upcoming concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, will go ahead as planned as a sort of rally to “build public support to repeal HB2.”
“I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality North Carolina’s efforts to repeal HB2 and I am proud of my manager and agent for joining me in this effort by donating their commissions from the show to this vital effort,” said the singer.
“I look forward to coming to North Carolina and standing up for equality and fairness. If we truly want an inclusive society, we all have to include ourselves in the effort to make that happen. This is the best way I know how to include myself and urge you to join me in the best way you know how.”
Singer Adam Lambert also recently praised Bruce Springsteen for his stand on North Carolina LGBT laws, telling NME that “it’s pretty badass that [Springsteen and the E Street Band] cancelled their shows.”