In a post on his Instagram account, singer Bryan Adams announced that he would be cancelling a performance in Mississippi this week as a result of the state’s new anti-LGBT religious freedom law.
According to the statement, Adams finds “it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi” and that he “cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.”
“Using my voice,” he continues, “I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day.”
The move comes after fellow rocker Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band pulled out of shows in Greensboro, North Carolina in response to the hateful HB2, which seeks to limit trans inclusion in bathrooms and make it impossible for local governments to install protective ordinances for LGBT individuals.
The Mississippi law is scheduled to take effect starting July 1. It protects businesses and individuals from serving customers who do not align with their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”