Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Pearl Jam have cancelled their April 20 concert in Raleigh, North Carolina in protest over the state’s newly-passed laws limiting the rights of its transgender citizens.
The state’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act blocks transgender individuals from using public bathrooms that match their gender identity, stops cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect gay and transgender people, and bans state lawsuits for any type of workplace discrimination.
“It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th,” said the band in a released statement posted on their social media sites. “This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.
“The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.”
“It is for this reason,” added the band, “that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.
“We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue. In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return. Perhaps even celebrate.
“With immense gratitude for your understanding, Pearl Jam.”
Ticket refunds for the Raleigh concert are available at point of purchase. For fans that purchased Ten Club tickets to the show, your cards will automatically be refunded for the full ticket price in USD this week.
The Seattle group are currently playing dates across North America on their 2016 tour which kicked off in Sunrise, FL on April 8.
Pearl Jam’s cancellation brings more negative headlines and economic pressure to North Carolina and its Republican lawmakers – including Governor Pat McCrory – for creating and passing HB2.
Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and other musicians have cancelled live events in the state while others – including Mumford & Sons, Cindi Lauper and Laura Jane Grace – have performed and donated funds to groups fighting the HB2 law.
Pearl Jam are inviting fans to join them in signing a petition to repeal HB2.
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