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Citing HB2, Maroon 5 cancels shows in Raleigh and Charlotte

Posted May 20

— Citing North Carolina's House Bill 2, pop rock band Maroon 5 has canceled its two shows in the state, according to a statement posted on the band's website Friday morning.

The band was scheduled to play a show at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Sept. 11 and another at PNC Arena in Raleigh on Sept. 12.

"We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation. This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right as well feel everyone should be treated equally," the band wrote.

House Bill 2, which requires people to use public bathrooms that match their birth gender and excludes gay and transgender people from discrimination protections, has come under fire by corporations, celebrities and North Carolina cities. Bruce Springsteen

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Tickets for the concerts will be refunded at point of purchase. Tickets purchased online and by phone will be automatically refunded.

Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign manager, Ricky Diaz, called the band's move hypocritical.

"Hundreds of concerts have been successfully performed across North Carolina, including Beyoncé, over the past few weeks since the law passed," Diaz said in a statement. "We may never know why Maroon 5 waited until weeks later to make their political statement, but at this point, the only people they are hurting by hypocritically targeting North Carolina for selective outrage are their fans and the hard-working men and women servicing these shows while they keep tour dates overseas – even in Russia."

The band is not the first musical act to cancel a show in North Carolina over the law. Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Pearl Jam, violinist Itzhak Perlman and Boston, among others, have scrapped plans to come to the Tar Heel State, while others, including Cyndi Lauper, have donated proceeds from their shows to organizations supporting LGBT rights.

Grayson Currin, an editor for INDY Week, launched a effort called "North Carolina Needs You," that urges artists to donate to LGBT causes.

"There has been a sort of steady wave of bands who are looking at how they can use their concerts to help the people of North Carolina.

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  • Mary Meadows May 22, 2016
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    Thanks for the info. It's seems to be a percentage within the norm for procedures. I was worried it was much higher. Of course it still awful for that 4%, I hope they find happiness.

  • Clarence Hill May 21, 2016
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    Say What????? Never heard of them. WQho cares? Let'em go.

  • Roger Clements May 21, 2016
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    It's the fight of the citations! In one corner is the Centers for Disease Control. In the other corner is the Huffington Post. The first is an expert on disease control and prevention. The second is a online news outlet with a heavy left-wing bias. Now, let us think. Which one is a more credible source?

    OR, one can consult a professional medical manual like Merck, https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/psychiatric-disorders/sexuality,-gender-dysphoria,-and-paraphilias/gender-dysphoria-and-transsexualism

    Under Professional > Psychiatric Disorders > Sexuality, Gender Dysphoria, and Paraphilias

    "Gender incongruity itself is not considered a disorder. However, when the perceived mismatch between birth sex and felt gender identity causes significant distress or disability, a diagnosis of gender dysphoria may be appropriate."

    By unanimous decision, transgender is a disorder.

  • Xander Bogaerts May 21, 2016
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    No wonder you're having troubles, it is not a disorder:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brynn-tannehill/fighting-back-against-ant_b_5633450.html

  • Xander Bogaerts May 21, 2016
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brynn-tannehill/fighting-back-against-ant_b_5633450.html

  • Xander Bogaerts May 21, 2016
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    4%
    Surgical regret is actually very uncommon. Virtually every modern study puts it below 4 percent, and most estimate it to be between 1 and 2 percent (Cohen-Kettenis & Pfafflin 2003, Kuiper & Cohen-Kettenis 1998, Pfafflin & Junge 1998, Smith 2005, Dhejne 2014). In some other recent longitudinal studies, none of the subjects expressed regret over medically transitioning (Krege et al. 2001, De Cuypere et al. 2006).

    These findings make sense given the consistent findings that access to medical care improves quality of life along many axes, including sexual functioning, self-esteem, body image, socioeconomic adjustment, family life, relationships, psychological status and general life satisfaction. This is supported by the numerous studies (Murad 2010, De Cuypere 2006, Kuiper 1988, Gorton 2011, Clements-Nolle 2006) that also consistently show that access to GCS reduces suicidality by a factor of three to six (between 67 percent a

  • Robert Wellinger May 21, 2016
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    Adam Levine has a gay brother he is very close to, and has been a vocal LGBT ally. I hate that people are canceling concerts, but that is their decision to make. It is putting a hurting on our economy and obviously that is the only way to make Republican bigots pay attention...take away their money!

  • Keith Grossfuss May 21, 2016
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    uhhh, no, keep giving in if you want to....where does it end? I feel like this or I feel like that...way to easy...there is a real world out here.....get real....

  • Melvin Denis May 20, 2016
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    And the loss of revenue continues. The rich politicians stay rich and the poor get poorer.

  • David Lewis May 20, 2016
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    Who?

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