Adding to outrage over North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato have cancelled their concerts in the state.
“After much thought and deliberation, Nick and I have decided to cancel our shows in Raleigh and Charlotte,” said the performers in a statement
They explained that one of the goals of their joint Future Now Tour “has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are”.
The duo described North Carolina’s HB2 law as “extremely disappointing” and taking “away some of the LGBT community’s most basic rights and protections”.
They added: “We know the cancelation of these shows is disappointing to our fans, but we trust that you will stand united with us against this hateful law.”
Jonas in particular has unabashedly marketed his music to the gay community, appearing in gay clubs, taking on a gay acting role in the TV drama series Kingdom, and performing at Pride events.
“I’ve really been trying to make an effort to talk with my gay fan base and find unique opportunities to set up the next chapter of my life and my career with them in it,” Jonas told BuzzFeed in 2014.
Earlier this month, Lovato received GLAAD’s Vanguard Award at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in recognition of her work to advance LGBT equality and acceptance.
North Carolina’s law removes municipal LGBT non-discrimination protections and prevents similar protections from being passed by cities in the future. It also forces transgender people in public schools, universities and state buildings to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity.
Other performers, including Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Boston, Pearl Jam, and others, have also announced boycotts of the state because of the law.