Beyoncé performs during the Formation World Tour at Carter-Finley Stadium on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Daniela Vesco Parkwood Entertainment
Beyoncé performs during the Formation World Tour at Carter-Finley Stadium on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Daniela Vesco Parkwood Entertainment

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Beyoncé, citing North Carolina’s HB2, urges support for equality

May 04, 2016 12:25 PM

As her world tour stopped in North Carolina this week, Beyoncé highlighted concerns about HB2 and urged support for equality.

“As The Formation World Tour makes its stop in the Tar Heel state in the midst of such a controversial time, we think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy,” Beyoncé said in a statement on her website.

She noted the work of Equality NC.

“Among the many organizations doing the good work to get this bill overturned, there is Equality NC, a local organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians,” her statement reads.

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, said the organization is “grateful and extremely humbled by the outpouring of support against this deeply discriminatory law. Beyoncé’s support is another voice in the chorus for equality.

“The NCGA leadership and Governor McCrory can no longer ignore the opposition to HB2 when it has become so vocal and so widespread,” Sgro said. “HB2 affects everyday North Carolinians and is an issue that will not go away. There is only one solution. We must fully repeal HB2.

“Beyoncé bringing attention to the fight for equality is a good step in that direction,” Sgro said.

Beyoncé performed Tuesday night at Carter-Finley Stadium on the campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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