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Violinist Itzhak Perlman cancels North Carolina performance over HB2

AP

Another renowned musician has canceled a North Carolina performance in protest of the state’s new law limiting antidiscrimination policies for LGBT people.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Violinist Itzhak Perlman canceled his May 18 performance in Raleigh.

Perlman was scheduled to perform with the North Carolina Symphony at the Meymandi Concert Hall.

In the post, Perlman says he has spent a lifetime opposing discrimination toward those with physical disabilities and describes himself as a vocal advocate of treating all people equally:

“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, it is only after much deliberation that I have decided to cancel tomorrow’s concert in North Carolina as a stand against House Bill 2.”

The post says Perlman will return to North Carolina only after the law is repealed.

North Carolina repealed HB2 in 2017 but left intact some of its provisions. But with Charlotte’s reputation tainted, the city is still paying to market itself to visitors.

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