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Mumford and Sons, Cirque du Soleil latest to join North Carolina law protest


The Canadian-based circus company Cirque du Soleil is cancelling upcoming stops in North Carolina by two of its touring shows, joining a list of performers protesting a North Carolina state law that limits anti-discrimination for the LGBT community.

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.”

Mumford and Sons, Ani DiFranco, Cyndi Lauper and Ringo Starr have also joined the protests.

DiFranco said in a statement Thursday that she cancelled her appearance at Festival for the Eno music festival in Durham on July 4, because of the legislation she described as a “direct attack on the rights of the LGBT community.”

Meanwhile, Grammy-winning British rock troupe Mumford and Sons announced it would donate profits from its Thursday night concert in Charlotte, N.C., to a local LGBTQ support group.

Mumford and Sons in Concert Los Angeles

Marcus Mumford, right, and Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons are seen performing in Inglewood, Calif. in 2015. The British rock troupe is among the latest musical acts protesting a North Carolina state law that blocks anti-discrimination laws for the LGBT community. (Rich Fury/Invision/Associated Press)

“As a band that relishes welcoming everyone to our shows and promoting tolerance, we do want to take a stand with the people of North Carolina who this week are shouting loudly against intolerance, fear and discrimination,” the band noted on its Facebook page.

Over the years we’ve looked for ways to contribute to the vitality of local communities and, in that spirit, we’re now creating a charitable fund to support those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice. We will be donating all of our profits from this show to this new fund. And we will start by making a donation from it to a local LGBTQ organization.”

Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr also cancelled shows to protest North Carolina’s law.

Starr said in a statement Wednesday that he has cancelled his June 18 concert in Cary, N.C., in opposition to the passage of the bill. The former Beatle said he was sorry to disappoint fans, “but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.”

Lauper said in a statement Wednesday that she would be donating all proceeds from her June 4 show in Raleigh to Equality North Carolina.

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Cyndi Lauper, seen in London earlier this month, is donating all proceeds from her upcoming June 4 show in Raleigh to Equality North Carolina. (Joel Ryan/Invision/Associated Press)

Likewise, comedian Louis C.K. said in an email to fans that he would also donate profits from Asheville shows to the advocacy group.

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