Perlman cancels N.C. concert over new bathroom law

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Itzhak Perlman canceled a concert with the North Carolina Symphony over the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law.

The acclaimed Israeli-born violinist announced just 24 hours ahead of time that he was canceling the May 18 concert in Raleigh.

“As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination toward those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally,” wrote Perlman, who had polio as a child. “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 I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed.”

The law passed in March requires that one use the bathroom according to the gender on one’s birth certificate.

The North Carolina Symphony canceled its appearance and published Perlman’s statement on its website.

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