Beyonce speaks out against North Carolina’s House Bill 2

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Beyonce is speaking out against House Bill 2, North Carolina’s controversial law that many have called “anti-LGBT.”

The popular singer released a statement on her website condemning the law earlier this week, the same day she played a concert in Raleigh.

“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,” Beyonce said, in part, in a statement.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, called the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, more than a month ago after it was passed by the North Carolina Senate.

The bill makes transgender people use the bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certification.

PayPal withheld a Charlotte expansion because of the bill, costing the state hundreds of jobs. Artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Demi Lovato have also cancelled North Carolina concerts.

The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday that House Bill 2 violates the Civil Rights Act.