Itzhak Perlman Cancels North Carolina Concert in Protest of Transgender Bias Law

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Itzhak Perlman plays the violin during the National Menorah lighting in celebration of Hanukkah near the White House in Washington on Wednesday, December 10, 2010.
Itzhak Perlman, in 2010.Credit: AP

World famous violinist Itzhak Perlman canceled his concert with the North Carolina Symphony in protest of the state's recently enacted “bathroom law” – which targets transgender people by requiring bathroom use according to the gender on a person’s birth certificate.

"I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2," Perlman wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday, joining Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr in protesting the legislation.  

"As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally," he wrote.

"As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated, HB2 'is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. [It] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens.' I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed."

The North Carolina Symphony said in a statement that it will contact patrons regarding their tickets. "The North Carolina Symphony welcomes all people with our hearts and minds open and we are honored to share our music-making with everyone," it said on its website.

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