Beyoncé Gave Her Opinion On North Carolina's Anti-LGBTQ+ Law

by Alexandra Svokos

Beyoncé performed a concert in North Carolina this week, unlike other musicians.

Artists like Bruce Springsteen and Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas canceled shows in North Carolina to protest the state's transphobic HB 2 bathroom bill.

Although Beyoncé didn't follow this lead, she made it clear she doesn't support the bill.

The Lemonade singer put out a statement on her website. The statement details North Carolina's anti-LGBT laws, including the bathroom bill, and their lack of protections against discrimination.

North Carolina's HB 2 law says people must use the bathroom that corresponds to the genders listed on their birth certificates.

This is harmful for transgender people who may not have changed (or may not be able to change) their birth certificates to match their gender identities.

It also creates an atmosphere of discrimination and danger. Trans people face a lot of physical violence on top of social and verbal discrimination. More transgender people were killed in 2015 than ever before.

Beyoncé's statement addresses the discriminatory laws, but she uses her platform to promote some positivity.

The statement says,

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.

Equality NC lobbies in the state for a variety of LGBT rights and protections, including for marriage equality, privacy rights, adoption and anti-bullying policies.

In a tweet, Equality NC seemed happy to get Beyoncé's recognition of its work.

Citations: Beyoncé speaks out on North Carolina's anti-LGBT law (Mashable), Beyoncé, citing North Carolina's HB2, urges support for equality (The Charlotte Observer), EQUALITY NC WORKS TO PROVE "Y'ALL MEANS ALL" (Beyoncé), More transgender people reported killed in 2015 than in any other year (MSNBC)