Cirque du Soleil is canceling its upcoming North Carolina shows in protest of the state’s controversial new law that limits the legal protections for LGBT individuals.
The Canadian theatrical group was slated to perform in Greensboro April 20-24, in Raleigh June 22-26 and in Charlotte July 6-10.
“The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all,” Cirque du Soleil said on Facebook Friday.
“We behave as change agents to reach our ultimate goal of making a better world with our actions and our productions.”
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The law, which Gov. Pat McCrory signed March 23, was a response to a provision in Charlotte’s expanded non-discrimination ordinance that would allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender with which they identify.
Earlier this week, McCrory issued an executive order walking back on parts of HB2, but the move did little to placate opponents of the law.
Hundreds of businesses have spoken out against the measure, and other performing artists like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have also canceled their North Carolina shows because of the law.
Cirque du Soleil said purchases made online and over the phone will be refunded automatically. For in-person purchases, customers have to return to their point of purchase for a refund. The customer service line is 1-877-924-7783.