Pearl Jam cancels North Carolina performance, opposing HB2

The rock band is yet another music artist or group who has canceled an appearance in the state in response to HB2.

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The law requires people to only use the bathrooms matching their biological sex, not the gender they identify as.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed an execurtive order Tuesday he said was to "include LGBT protections for state employees."

Bruce Springsteen canceled his performance in Greensboro, North Carolina, because of the law.

Pearl Jam posted a statement on Twitter and their official website.

The statement says, in part:

It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.

This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.

The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. 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.

It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.

We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.

In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.

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