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Ringo Starr Cancels N.C. Show Over Anti-LGBT Bill 



Ringo Starr is canceling his show scheduled for June 18 in North Carolina in protest of House Bill 2

In a press release, Starr says that he "stands with those fighting against the bigotry of HB 2." He apologized to his fans, saying, "I'm sorry to dissapoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love."

HB 2, which was signed into law in March, stuck down LGBT-inclusive municipal antidiscrimination ordinances statewide and prohibits cities from adopting any new ones. It also expressly requires transgender people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match their gender identity.

The statement released by Starr states that HB 2 "opens the door to discrimination everywhere by limiting anti-discrimination laws against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity."

His statement ended with a call to support all organizations who are opposing the anti-LGBT law. "All you need is love," he said. 

Last week, Bruce Springsteen announced he was canceling his Sunday show in Greensboro because of his opposition to HB 2. "Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them," he said in a statement.

And comedian Joel McHale donated all of the profits from his recent performance in Durham to the LGBTQ Center of Durham to protest HB 2. 

Starr joins a growing list of entertainers and businesses canceling events and expansions in the state. 

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