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Citing HB2, San Francisco Symphony cancels Chapel Hill shows

Posted December 13, 2016

House Bill 2

— The San Francisco Symphony on Monday announced it is canceling two concerts in Chapel Hill in response to House Bill 2.

The Symphony joins a longer list of organizations that also skipped North Carolina due to the law, including business expansions, the NBA's 2017 All-Star Game and several NCAA athletic events. The law prohibits anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender individuals and requires transgender people to use the bathrooms in schools and other public buildings that correspond to their birth gender.

The shows were scheduled for April 5-6, 2017.


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  • Rudy Bizzell Dec 13, 2016
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    awww to bad

  • Danny Basden Dec 13, 2016
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    Talk about joining the bandwagon. I guess the Pony Express finally made it to the Bay Area with the news. Everyone, please join me in welcoming THE, San Francisco Symphony to 2016:)

  • Paul Gemborys Jr Dec 13, 2016
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    A man in a ladies restroom, girl's lockers and showers, really!

  • Rick Nolte Dec 13, 2016
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    So this is Mcpatties legacy. Run businesses and any form of extra income for the voters out of the state.

    Maybe other states have similar laws, but were they crafted and approved within 12 hours? DO those similar laws block cities from increasing their minimum wages? Do they allow discrimination lawsuits? Only the weak focus on the "bathroom' portion of the bill which was placed their by cowards who were afraid their discrimination would be uncovered.

  • Ronald Woodard Dec 13, 2016
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    At least 15 other states have similar laws as NC on transgender matters. Of all the cities to be concerned with, San Francisco is hardly a role model for values. And SF is a sanctuary city which chooses to coddle illegal immigrant felons while their own citizens die as a result.

  • Robert Malton Dec 13, 2016
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    They won't be missed.

  • Holly Atkins Dec 13, 2016
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    These performances are scheduled years in advance and now is when they start the planning so timing seems about right.

    And San Francisco isn't pushing their values on NC...considering the majority want HB2 repealed I would say the SF Symphony is standing in support of the majority.

  • Sean Chen Dec 13, 2016
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    I call BS.

    They knew HB2 was in effect when they booked their shows. It's not like it's been breaking news.

    We don't need San Francisco pushing their values onto NC.

  • Matt Clinton Dec 13, 2016
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    Oh no! Whatever will I do? I guess I'll just have to not go to Chapel Hill for a concert like usual.