Here’s How Your Favorite Celebrities Reacted to the Passage Of All These ‘Anti-LGBTQ’ Laws
North Carolina and Mississippi recently passed bills that were ostensibly meant to better serve their populations, but have critics insisting that entire portions of those populations are now left vulnerable to massive discrimination. North Carolina passed a “bathroom bill” that not only bans trans* people from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity, but excludes all LGBTQ people from anti-discrimination protection. Mississippi passed a “religious liberty” bill that also allows for discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo reacted swiftly to North Carolina’s new law, issuing an order that there is to be no non-essential state travel to the state. After Mississippi passed their law, he banned travel there, too. Money-exchange giant Paypal also canceled a massive expansion in North Carolina following the signing of their bill.
The blowback against Mississippi and North Carolina wasn’t restricted to the government and corporations, though. Plenty of celebrities and entertainers have spoken out.
Last Friday, Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert in North Carolina because “some things are more important than a rock show.”
This morning, Bryan Adams canceled an upcoming performance in Mississippi, too.
Mississippi has passed anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ bill 1523. I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi. I cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation. Therefore i’m cancelling my 14 April show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day. #stop1523
Here are some reactions to the laws from other influential figures:
#Mississippi – The poorest state w/highest unemployment, most obesity and worst education just passed a law to protect themselves from gays.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) April 6, 2016
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) March 24, 2016
We think people in North Carolina deserve better than this awful step backwards… https://t.co/r9AnNUhnZF
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) March 24, 2016
This is how cowardly and despicable the Republican-controlled leadership of North Carolina is https://t.co/aGNixzPTzn
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 24, 2016
There have also been public declarations of support. American Idol runner-up and Mississippi native La’Porsha Renae went on the record last week to say she didn’t agree with “that lifestyle.”
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