A handwritten note signed by the band explained the cancellation was prompted by North Carolina's HB2 law, which bans people from using public restrooms that do not match the gender stated on their birth certificates.

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Seattle rock band Pearl Jam announced on its Facebook page Monday that it has canceled a show scheduled forĀ  Wednesday, April 20, in Raleigh, N.C. A handwritten note signed by the band explained that the cancellation was prompted by North Carolina’s HB2 law, which bans people from using public restrooms that do not match the gender stated on their birth certificates. The note described HB2 as “a despicable piece of legislation that discriminates against an entire group of American citizens.”
Pearl Jam joins a growing list of artists — including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr — who refuse to play in North Carolina as a protest against the law.