Cirque du Soleil cancels N.C. shows because of LGBT law


But it left in tact the bill’s most controversial provision requiring transgender people to use only the public restrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates. The controversy first started when North Carolina passed House Bill 2 that limits the legal protection of the LGBT community.

He said: “The All-Star game hopefully being in Charlotte will be a huge thing for the city”.

The announcement comes after six US senators wrote an open letter to Silver asking him to move the game out of North Carolina. “It was unanimous among our owners that we stand united being against any form of discrimination”. “The view in the room was we should be working toward change in North Carolina“.

The singer said she would turn her concert into a full day of advocacy events and that she would donate all concert proceeds to Equality North Carolina, a group fighting to repeal the law known as HB2.

Cirque du Soleil has cancelled all of its North Carolina performances over a law that recently passed that many argue promotes discrimination against transgender citizens, according to Politico.

The rocker was referring to North Carolina’s HB2, legislation that overturned many anti-discriminatory practices enforced by local governments in the state. “We behave as change agents to reach our ultimate goal of making a better world with our actions and our productions”, the statement concludes.

Supporters say the new law keeps women’s bathrooms free of criminals who may use the legal loophole to get in.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media before the the 2014 NBA All-Star Saturday 2014 as part of All-Star Weekend at the Smoothie King Center on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The National Basketball Association said on Friday that it had not yet decided whether to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in reaction to the law. Silver pointed out that that he’s not sure what the NBA’s message would be by moving the league’s All-Star Game, but allowing the Charlotte Hornets’ franchise to continue operations in the state.

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