In a statement posted on the official Beyonce website, the pop star and icon has come out against the controversial North Carolina bill which opened the door for discrimination agianst LGBTQ state employees as well as forces transgender folks to use the wrong restroom.
“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,” wrote Bae as she stopped in Raleigh earlier this week. She then praised Equality North Carolina for the work they’ve done to fight the bill.
Equality NC has filed a lawsuit against the state in response to HB2 . She also appeared in a photo wearing a new t-shirt (top image) which claims “Y’all means all” – proceeds from the shirt go to Equality NC and you can be purchased here.
Bae offered a number of ways to combat HB 2, including “volunteering, becoming an ambassador, attending an event, or simply spreading the word!”
Beyonce has been an idol for the LGBTQ community for some time but has been back and fourth in her visible support. She featured the vocal stylings of the genderqueer New Orleans Bounce Queen Big Freedia in her smash hit “Formation” earlier this year, but she’s said little about the rash of anti-gay violence or the attacks on pro-LGBTQ policies that have plagued her home state of Texas.
While there had been rumors that about 700 jobs were coming to RVA because of NC’s HB 2, new documents FOIA’d by the The Charlotte Observer show the city and the real estate company fought over the discriminatory law. “It is my understanding that we lost the project. I have selected the following reason for this status change: [...]