Cirque du Soleil cancels NC shows citing HB2

Published: Apr. 15, 2016 at 6:43 PM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2016 at 6:43 PM EDT
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NEW YORK (AP) - The Canadian-based circus company Cirque du Soleil is cancelling upcoming stops in North Carolina by two of its touring shows to protest a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.

The company said Friday that it will scrap plans for "Ovo" to play Greensboro from April 20-24 and Charlotte from July 6-10, and "Toruk — The First Flight," which was scheduled to play Raleigh from June 22-26.

The company said in a statement that it "strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form."

In their statement Cirque du Soleil says HB2 is "an important regression to ensuring human rights for all."

Online and phone tickets will be automatically reimbursed, according to the company. They say in-person purchases need to be returned to the point of purchase to get a refund. Customer service can be reached at 1-877-924-7783.

Other artists who have recently cancelled North Carolina appearances include Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Ani DiFranco. Cyndi Lauper and Louis C.K. have pledged to donate profits from their shows to Equality North Carolina.

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