Itzhak Perlman takes a stand against North Carolina House Bill 2

Itzhak Perlman takes a stand against North Carolina House Bill 2

(Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

After much deliberation, Itzhak Perlman has canceled his May 18, 2016 concert in North Carolina to protest the controversial House Bill 2 (HB2) law that eliminates rights and protections for people in the LGBT and transgender community. Mr. Perlman has been a life-time advocate against discrimination of all kinds, as he said in an official statement on his Facebook page:

“As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally. As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated, HB2 “is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. [it] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens.” I couldn’t agree more, and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed.”

Mr. Perlman’s cancelation joins the ranks of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Nick Jonas and Cirque du Soleil among others, who have also canceled performances in the state to show their objection to the law.

A number of news outlets have picked up this story, and Perlman was interviewed live by Kate Snow on MSNBC today. Links to the coverage can be found below: