Unlike other big-name artists who have cancelled shows in North Carolina due to House Bill 2, Beyoncé chose to perform in Raleigh on Tuesday night. But that doesn’t mean she supports the controversial legislation, as she made clear in a new statement posted on her website.
“North Carolina has been drawing the attention of the masses for new legislation that blocks cities and local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures that could protect gay and transgender people,” the post begins. “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.”
The post continues by giving a rundown of how House Bill 2, aka the “Bathroom Bill” (because it, among other things, prevents transgender people from using the bathroom of their identified gender) came to be. It also shines a light on the “many organizations doing the good work to get this bill overturned,” including local LGBT group Equality NC.
Further championing the organization’s advocacy, Beyoncé also modeled one of Equality NC’s shirts, which reads “Y’all Means All” in protest of the bill.
Recently, top-tier artists like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, Nick Jonas, and Demi Lovato have cancelled shows in North Carolina. Others, like Cyndi Lauper, Mumford & Sons, and Against Me!, have chosen to honor their shows but have spoken out against the bill.