Since passing what’s being called a “bathroom bill” last month, North Carolina has received a wave of backlash from corporations and celebrities alike.
The backlash continues, as two more celebrities have joined the cause—former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and singer-songwriter-LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper. The “bathroom bill,” otherwise known as HB2, makes it illegal for people to use a public bathroom that doesn’t correspond with the gender on their birth certificate. It has been deemed by many as being deeply anti-transgender.
ABC reports that Starr has cancelled a concert in Cary, North Carolina that had been scheduled for June. “I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred,” he said in a statement before adding in a very Beatle-esque manner, “Spread peace and love.”
Cyndi Lauper, on the other hand, has chosen not to cancel her upcoming Raleigh concert. She will instead be turning it into a rally of sorts “to build public support to repeal HB2.” She told ABC that all profits from the event will go to Equality North Carolina’s efforts in repealing the bill.
“I look forward to coming to North Carolina and standing up for equality and fairness,” she said. “If we truly want an inclusive society, we all have to include ourselves in the effort to make that happen.”