Classical violinist Itzhak Perlman on Tuesday became the latest performer to cancel a concert in North Carolina in protest of the state’s controversial law that eliminates local protections for LGBT people and requires transgender citizens to use the bathroom that matches the gender they were assigned at birth.
“As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally,” Perlman wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. The award-winning musician was partially paralyzed after contracting polio as a child.
“As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2,” he wrote. “As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated, HB2 ‘is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. [It] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens.’ I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed.”