North Carolina’s newly-passed, discriminatory HB2 law has caused everybody from Bruce Springsteen to the entire NBA to refuse to work inside the state in protest, and two more big names have joined the fray. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas announced via a statement to GLAAD and on social media that they would be canceling their North Carolina Honda Civic Tour: Future Now dates.
In the statement, Lovato and Jonas note they’ve canceled their Charlotte and Raleigh stops on June 30th and July 2nd respectively because they wish to “create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are.” They go on to call the HB2 law “extremely disappointing” and add that it “takes away some of the LGBT community’s most basic rights and protections.” The statement ends with the hashtag #RepealHB2.
Lovato is a noted advocate for the LGBT community and even received the Vanguard Award at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for her work in the field. It was Jonas who presented her with the award at the show earlier this month. With their protest, Jonas and Lovato join the likes of Springsteen, Father John Misty, and Ringo Starr by canceling their tour dates within the state. Others like Mumford and Sons have decided to keep their dates but donate the proceeds of the show in protest