Pearl Jam performs "Rockin in the Free World" to close the 2015 Global Citizen Festival at Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City.
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By Sarah Begley
April 19, 2016

Pearl Jam has canceled a concert in North Carolina over HB2, the state law that reverses LGBT protections put in place by local ordinances.

In a statement on its website, the band explained its decision to cancel the April 20 concert in Raleigh:

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 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.

Pearl Jam joins other musicians who’ve canceled North Carolina shows in opposition to the law, including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr.

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