Ringo Starr cancelled his concert in Cary, North Carolina because of North Carolina’s controversial LGBT bill, according his website.
“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love,” Starr wrote. “How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended.”
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill, called the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, after it was passed by the North Carolina Senate. The law was in response to Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance that allowed transgender individuals to use public bathrooms of the sex with which they identify.
The bill blocks transgender individuals from using public bathrooms that match their gender identity and stops cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect gay and transgender people.
In an announcement Tuesday, McCrory said he’d signed an executive order “to protect privacy and equality.”
The executive order, McCrory says, “expands the state’s employment policy for state employees to cover sexual orientation and gender identity” and “seeks legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination.”
Bruce Springsteen also cancelled his concert in Greensboro due to the controversial LGBT bill.