The entertainment behemoth will oppose discriminatory laws in North Carolina

By Marc Snetiker
Updated April 15, 2016 at 06:49 PM EDT
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Legendary performance troupe Cirque du Soleil has joined the ranks of other artists and organizations (like Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Lionsgate, A&E, and even porn company xHamster) who are canceling their appearances in North Carolina to oppose the state’s anti-LGBT discrimination laws.

The Quebec-based organization — which boasts close to 4,000 employees and is one of the world’s largest theatrical entertainment companies — issued a statement to press detailing the group’s decision to cancel performances in North Carolina:

The contemporary circus troupe joins what has now become a long list of entertainers and organizations who have stood up to North Carolina’s HB2 legislation, which revokes rights of LGBT citizens and eliminates certain protections to people who claim discrimination based on their race, religion, age, handicap, nationality, and sex.

While Cirque du Soleil, Springsteen, and Starr have canceled shows, for instance, others like Joel McHale and Cyndi Lauper have performed but used their programs to raise awareness and advocate for LGBT rights and a repeal of the law.

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