Pearl Jam dumps NC show over LGBT toilet law

Rock giants Pearl Jam have canceled their North Carolina show later this month over a perceived anti-LGBT state law.

In a statement released on the band’s website, the grunge rockers referred to the law as “a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.”

“It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th,” the band continued. “This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.”

They also stated that they have communicated with local opposition groups and will financially aid them in standing up to the law.

The band was set to perform at the PNC Arena in Raleigh on 20 April. The move to cancel their show in the state comes shortly after rock legend Bruce Springsteen did the same.

In February an anti-discriminatory ordinance approved in the state would have allowed transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity, but legislators there overturned it. The law, known as HB2, now requires transgender people in the state to use the restroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate.

“In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return,” the band wrote before signing off, “Perhaps even celebrate.”


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