Nick Jonas Says Cancelling North Carolina Concerts Over Anti-LGBT Bathroom Law The Right Thing to Do
May 11, 2016 08:32 AM EDT
Singer Nick Jonas sticks to his decision on the cancellation of his shows in North Carolina. The former Disney star along with fellow singer Demi Lovato were forced not to continue their shows due to the ongoing protest on the states' LGBT "Bathroom" law.
During the interview on Ellen DeGeneres'show on Monday, the Jonas Brothers' singer said his decision to postpone his show tour in North Carolina was "the right thing to do," Breitbart reported. The pop singer was scheduled to go on cross-country show together with co-star singer, Demi Lovato in June nad July. However, the two issued a joint statement announcing the cancellations of their Charlotte and Raleigh concert tour in June 30 and July 2.
"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," the joint statement of the pair stated. Jonas and Lovato also urged their fans to "stand united" with them to repeal the "hateful" law.
Jonas also explains how he and Lovato came to stick to their decision on the Monday's show, which he admits, it took "a lot of conversations" together with their respective teams. "It's an incredibly frustrating situation overall. We are very aware of our strong LGBT community fanbase and the support they've given us and the support we want to give them," Jonas said.
He went on saying, "It's unfortunate for the fans there and for us because we want to go play as many shows as possible. But in our minds it's the right thing to do. and hopefully our fans will stand united with us," Entertainment quoted.
According to Belfast Telegraph, Jonas and Lovato made the cancellation announcement last month, however, they are not the only oness who took the decisions, as other artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, also did the same.
The controversial North Carolina bill known as House Bill 2 (HB2) or simply known as Bathroom Bill, which McCrory signed in late March, mandated that people use public bathrooms or changing facilities based on the "biological sex" stated on their birth certificates.
LGBT advocates and community members have denounced the move as a deflective measure, which doesn't address some of their concerns with HB2.