Bryan Adams, Billy Ray Cyrus Speak Out Against Mississippi's New Anti-LGBT Law
'I think everyone should be treated equal. We’ve come too far; we can’t mess this up.'
On Friday, rock legend Bruce Springsteen cancelled an upcoming North Carolina performance in support of the LGBTQ community. An anti-transgender "bathroom law" enacted in the state, he explained, was discriminatory, and he could not in good conscience support NC in this oppressive decision-making. It was time, he said, "for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters."
The law, otherwise known as HB2, eliminates the rights of North Carolina's transgender population to use the bathroom with which they identify, and continues to curb any legal protection homosexuals have against discrimination in the state.
Adams' statement, available to read on his personal website, urges fans to help #stop1523, or stand up and speak out against Bill 1523. He refers to the law as "incomprehensible" before announcing the cancellation of a previously scheduled show in the state:
Here's that message, in full:
"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"
On Monday, Cyrus echoed Adams' thoughts in a statement posted to his Facebook account:
"I would feel negligent to not speak up," he wrote. "In light of my good friend, Bryan Adams, taking a stand and my daughter [Miley Cyrus] having been on the ground floor of this movement, this issue is very important to me. As a friend and dad… I’ve witnessed this fight from the very beginning. I think everyone should be treated equal. We’ve come too far; we can’t mess this up."