Former Beatle was due to perform in Cary, North Carolina on June 18
Ringo Starr has cancelled a gig in North Carolina in protest against what he deems as discriminatory new laws in the US state.
The former Beatles drummer’s actions follow that of Bruce Springsteen, who also pulled a show in the state over its controversial HB2 bill.
North Carolina’s new laws require individuals to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex, which some have seen as discriminatory towards trans people. The laws also impact on local government’s ability to pass anti-discrimination laws.
Starr, who was due to perform in Cary, North Carolina on June 18, says in a statement: “I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.”
He added: “How sad that they feel this group of people cannot be defended.”
Meanwhile, Cyndi Lauper has told ABC News that her upcoming concert in Raleigh, North Carolina will go ahead as planned as a sort of rally to “build public support to repeal HB2.”
“I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality North Carolina’s efforts to repeal HB2 and I am proud of my manager and agent for joining me in this effort by donating their commissions from the show to this vital effort,” she said.
“I look forward to coming to North Carolina and standing up for equality and fairness. If we truly want an inclusive society, we all have to include ourselves in the effort to make that happen. This is the best way I know how to include myself and urge you to join me in the best way you know how.”
Adam Lambert recently praised Bruce Springsteen for his LGBT protest, telling NME that “it’s pretty badass that [Springsteen and the E Street Band] cancelled their shows.”