Lawmakers in the state blocked a move to pass a new bill that protect LGBTQ community with new anti-discrimination measures
The state’s new laws require individuals to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex. They also impact on local government’s ability to pass anti-discrimination laws.
Since the new laws came into being, many high profile artists have cancelled shows in the state, including Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Pearl Jam. Others have chosen to honour bookings, including Beyoncé and Against Me!, the latter of whom see the show as a “form of protest”.
Beyoncé’s Formation tour arrived in Raleigh, North Carolina last night (May 3), with her performing at the Carter-Finley Stadium.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, the post reads in part: “As The Formation World Tour makes its stop in the Tar Heel state in the midst of such a controversial time, we think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy.
“Among the many organizations doing the good work to get this bill overturned, there is Equality NC, a local organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians.”
It also encourages Beyoncé’s followers to donate, volunteer and spread the word about the cause.