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Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina concert over HB2 but Cyndi Lauper says hers will go on

Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina concert over HB2 but Cyndi Lauper says hers will go on

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Ringo Starr won’t play in North Carolina but for Cyndi Lauper, the show will go on.

The former member of The Beatles followed Bruce Springsteen’s lead in canceling a concert in the state because of the anti-LGBTI law HB2 which was quickly passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory last month.

‘I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred,’ Starr said in a statement.

‘Spread peace and love.’

Springsteen pulled out of a concert last weekend in Greensboro while Starr was slated to perform in Cary on 18 June.

Meanwhile Lauper, a staunch LGBTI ally and activist, is taking a different approach.

The Grammy winner tells TMZ that her show in Raleigh on 4 June is still on and all profits will be donated to Equality North Carolina, the group fighting to get HB2 overturned.

‘I think the best way I can do my part is to turn my show into an entire day to build public support to repeal HB2,’ Lauper said.

But Lauper has no problems with artists like Springsteen and Starr who prefer to make a statement by staying away.

‘We all have to include ourselves in the effort,’ she says.

HB2 bans all local LGBTI rights ordinances in the state and was rushed into law to override an ordinance in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identification.