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

Virtuoso violinist joins Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr in taking stand against law, which requires bathroom use according to gender of person's birth certificate.

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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 I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed."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.