By Charlotte Alter
April 25, 2016

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas announced Monday that they would cancel their concerts in North Carolina because of HB2, the law that eliminates local protections for LGBT people and requires transgender citizens to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificates.

“One of our goals for the tour has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are,” they wrote in a joint statement that both artists tweeted separately. “North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law is extremely disappointing, and it takes away some of the LGBT community’s most basic rights and protections.” Lovato and Jonas cancelled the portions of their Honda Civic Tour: Future Now that were scheduled to appear in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

The two artists called for fans to “stand united with us against this hateful law.”

 

Write to Charlotte Alter at charlotte.alter@time.com.

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