Beyonce Speaks Out Against North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law & Gives Fans A Way To Help Out
On Tuesday, Queen Bey played a show in Raleigh, North Carolina as part of her Formation World Tour. But despite playing a show in the state, Beyoncé doesn't support North Carolina's new anti-LGBT law, which she made very clear in a note shared on her website Tuesday. The state has come under heavy fire as of late due to the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (more commonly referred to as HB2) being passed in March. The law blocks cities and counties from protecting against LGBT discrimination, including the barring of transgender individuals from using bathrooms matching their gender identity.
Part of Beyoncé note reads,
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. 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.
The note went onto encourage everyone to support Equality NC through donations, volunteering, or however they see fit. Even though Beyoncé didn't cancel her show, like Bruce Springsteen, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, and many other artists, that doesn't mean she isn't taking a stand for LGBT rights. In fact, on more than one occasion, she's shown her support publicly for the LGBT community.
For example, in July 2015, she remade her "7/11" music video in honor of the Supreme Cort's gay marriage ruling. She also opened up to Out magazine in May 2014 about her support for same-sex marriage and equality among everyone. She said,
But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority… We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.
So while she did play the show and bring her North Carolina fans a piece of her tour, never forget that Beyoncé is all about equality and love winning.