Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has announced that he will join Bruce Springsteen in boycotting the state over HB2, which forces transgender men to use ladies rooms and transgender women to use men's rooms unless their birth certificates have been changed. The law also repeals municipal ordinances throughout North Carolina which grant employment, public accommodations and housing protection to LGBTs. Starr's statement:
Ringo Starr cancels his North Carolina performance in opposition to the passing of HB2. Like Bruce Springsteen and other fellow artists, Ringo stands with those fighting against the bigotry of HB2.
Ringo states, "I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.” This law opens the door to discrimination everywhere by limiting anti-discrimination laws against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Ringo adds, “How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended." He asks that we all support organizations that are fighting to overturn this law in whatever way we can.
As Canned Heat sang, "let’s work together," and The Beatles said, "all you need is love."