Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas axe North Carolina gigs over bathroom law
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have axed their North Carolina shows over the American state's anti-LGBT "bathroom law".
The pair have decided to call off the planned concerts in Raleigh and Charlotte on their 'Future Now' tour in protest over the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which decides which toilet a transgender person can use.
Demi and Nick both shared a message on their Instagram pages which read: "After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel our shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. One of our goals for the Honda Civic Tour: Future Now has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are."
"North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law is extremely disappointing, and it takes away some of the LGBT community's most basic rights and protections. But we will not allow this to stop us from continuing to make progress for equality and acceptance.
"We know the cancellation of these shows is disappointing to our fans, but we trust that you will stand united with us against this hateful law. Demi and Nick. #RepealHB2 (sic)."
Demi and Nick follow in the footsteps of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Boston, Ani DiFranco, the Cirque do Soleil and Ringo Starr, who also opted out of playing concerts in the state to make a stand against the newly-instated law.