Pearl Jam cancels concert over anti-LGBT law

Los Angeles, April 20 (IANS) American rock band Pearl Jam have cancelled a concert in North Carolina in protest against the state’s new law on LGBT rights.

The law requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates. It drew flak from campaigners and musicians alike. The band was set to play PNC Arena in Raleigh on Wednesday as part of their North American tour.

In a statement, Pearl Jam said they “must take a stand against prejudice”, the BBC reported.

The law “is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens,” the statement on the band’s website said.

“The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound.”

On Monday, another US band, Boston, also cancelled three shows scheduled for late April in North Carolina.

Other acts, including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr, have also scrapped their shows in protest.

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