CARY, NC (CelebrityAccess) — Ringo Starr has joined the growing list of artist who have pulled out of shows in southern states in opposition to the passage of laws that are widely seen as discriminatory against LGBT rights.
Starr was due to perform a show at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC on June 18th. Other artists to cancel shows include Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams.
In announcing the cancellation, Starr said: "I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.”
"This law opens the door to discrimination everywhere by limiting anti-discrimination laws against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.""
“How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended," he added.
Starr is protesting the passage of HB2, a bill which repeals an ordinance passed by the City of Charlotte allowing transgender people to use restrooms of their choice. The law also prevents other municipalities from passing anti-discrimination measures. The bill, dubbed the 'bathroom bill' has been widely criticized, and constitutional challenges to the law are expected from LGBT groups.