Pearl Jam Joins Boycott of NC Over LGBT Law

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 3:23 AM

Many bands and other performers have canceled appearances in NC since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the controversial measure latest month.

Pearl Jam Joins Boycott of NC Over LGBT Law

Pearl Jam became the latest performers Monday to boycott NC because of its new ban on local anti-discrimination ordinances, calling the law a "despicable" assault on gay, lesbian and transgender N Carolinians.

Many bands and other performers have canceled appearances in NC since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the controversial measure latest month.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is a prominent human rights activist, and his band had been scheduled to carry out Wednesday night in Raleigh.

In addition, the band Boston also said Monday that it was canceling its three NC shows in May — joining Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, Ringo Starr and Cirque du Soleil among the acts that have previously announced boycotts.

Director Rob Reiner has said he won't produce any movies in the state, while a coalition of U. south. senators hopes to persuade the National Basketball Organization to move its two thousand seventeen All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

And porn site XHamster blocked NC IP addresses from accessing its content.

The new law requires transgender people to utilize public restrooms matching the sex listed on their birth certificates, excludes LGBT people from state anti-discrimination protections, blocks local governments from expanding LGBT protections and bars all workplace discrimination lawsuits.

The backlash has keep McCrory and legislative Republicans on the defensive as major companies have also pulled business from the state, including PayPal and Deutsche Bank, and other cities have banned official travel to the state, among them Los Angeles, Madison, Wisconsin, and Seattle.

McCrory has backtracked slightly, issuing an executive order latest week to widen protection for LGBT state employees, but in an interview Sun on NBC's "Meet the Press," he said he still backs the law.

"I do believe in our high schools, in our center schools, in our universities, we should continue to have the tradition that we've been having in this country for years. And we've a women'south facility and a men'south facility," McCrory said.

"You know, it'south worked out beautiful well. And I don't think we necessity any further government interference," he said.

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