It was only a few weeks ago that Demi Lovato was announced as the recipient of this year's GLAAD Vanguard award, an award presented annually to a member of the entertainment community who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for LGBT people. Receiving the award really is an honor and Demi is taking her title seriously.
In a bold move from the pop princess and her old friend Nick Jonas, both of their scheduled concerts in North Carolina have been removed from their Future Now tour, in protest of the state's anti-LGBT HB2 law. Demi shared a joint statement on Instagram explaining the thought behind their decision in more detail:
The HB2 law in question was signed by the North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, last month, eliminating anti-discrimination protections for transgender people. The law also requires all individuals to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender they were born with, not the gender with which they identify.
While it may be disappointing for the fans with tickets for the Charlotte and Raleigh shows in June, you have to admire both Nick and Demi for staying totally true to what they believe in. Their firm stance promotes fearless advocacy for LGBT equality and acceptance, and sends a clear message to fans and lawmakers alike: hate should never be tolerated.
The former Disney stars join a growing list of musicians who have boycotted shows in North Carolina, including Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Ringo Starr. Cyndi Lauper, John Misty and Mumford and Sons, while choosing to go ahead with their performances, pledged to donate all profits to charities fighting the law — and the protests appear to be working. Yesterday, Democratic lawmakers in the state filed House Bill 946, which calls for a full repeal of HB2.
Demi and Nick's Future Now tour kicks off on June 24 in Sunrise, Florida and will continue throughout the summer, with a grand finale on September 17 in Inglewood, California.