Beyonce performs in North Carolina, picks a side in anti-LGBT law debate
After performing in North Carolina, Beyonce has picked a side in the debate over the state’s anti-LGBT law.
Performing in Raleigh, NC last night, Bey clarified her position on HB2, which bans transgender people from using gender-appropriate bathrooms.
The law, which has seen the state boycotted by hundreds of businesses, and a number of celebrities abandon performances there, was signed in to law last month by Governor Pat McCory.
A statement on Beyonce’s website reads: “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.”
It promotes Equality NC, which fights against laws like HB2, and encourages fans to get involved.
Beyonce.com says Equality NC is “a local organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians.”
As well as the statement, Beyonce also posted a photo of herself wearing the ‘Y’all means all’ t-shirt from Equality NC.
The Lemonade singer was the subject of a vote by the Miami Fraternal Order of Police which voted to boycott her concert. As well as calling her “anti-police”, the union said Beyonce’s Superbowl performance was used to “divide Americans”.
Rapper Azealia Banks earlier this week attacked Beyonce over her new album ‘Lemonade’ calling her “anti-feminist”, a “poacher” and a “thief”.
The 212 star took to Twitter and Periscope to criticise Beyonce over her new release, which she unveiled on HBO late last week.
Meanwhile, a police officer from Detroit is to be investigated for comparing Beyoncé’s Superbowl halftime dancers to the Ku Klux Klan.