Following her Raleigh, North Carolina concert last night (May 3), Beyoncé has released a statement against the state’s House Bill 2 law.
As we previously reported, HB2 (otherwise known as the “Bathroom Bill”) is an anti-LGBT bill that prohibits transgender individuals from using public restrooms that match their gender identity, and limits the laws protecting the LGBT community.
Her statement, released on her website, reads in part:
As The Formation World Tour makes its stop in the Tar Heel state in the midst of such a controversial time, we think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy. Among the many organizations doing the good work to get this bill overturned, there is Equality NC, a local organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBT) North Carolinians.
The statement then references local organization Equality NC:
Among the many organizations doing the good work to get this bill overturned, there is Equality NC, a local organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians. To accomplish these goals, Equality NC tirelessly lobbies the North Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments, broadcast LGBT news, stories and content, and mobilize our communities on issues that matter, including marriage equality, parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnerships, and HIV/AIDS.
Other celebrities who have spoken out against the “Bathroom Bill” include Bruce Springsteen, who cancelled his NC concert in early April and Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, who cancelled their show at the end of April; Ringo Starr, and Pearl Jam, who have also cancelled tour dates; and artists like Mumford & Sons, Against Me!, Cyndi Lauper, Father John Misty and Duran Duran, who played their shows in North Carolina but gave proceeds to local LGBT rights organizations.
To learn more about supporting Equality NC or how to donate, volunteer, become an ambassador, or attend an event, click here.