Maroon 5 have joined the growing protest against North Carolina’s anti-trans HB2 law by canceling their shows in Charlotte and Raleigh.
The band announced on Facebook today (May 20) that it would be pulling out of its North Carolina concerts in support of members of the state’s trans community. A new law known as HB2 makes it illegal for trans people to use public bathrooms in accordance with their gender identity; it also disempowers people from filing discrimination lawsuits on the basis of gender identity, effectively legalizing discrimination against trans people on multiple fronts.
"We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation," Maroon 5 wrote. "This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right."
Maroon 5 join other artists who have canceled shows in North Carolina in protest of the law, like Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, and Nick Jonas. Last weekend (May 15), Laura Jane Grace played Durham with her band Against Me! and burned her birth certificate onstage in protest.