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Symphony Refuses To Perform In North Carolina Because Of Bathroom Bill

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The San Francisco Symphony canceled their performance in North Carolina, citing the state’s transgender bathroom bill.

The symphony announced that it would no longer have two performances at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next spring, reports CBS DFW.

“In the months after HB2 became law, we have closely watched the fluctuating political landscape in hopes that the law would be overturned. Because that has not yet happened, and due to pressing internal travel deadlines, the San Francisco Symphony has made the decision to cancel its concerts at this time,” Executive Director Brent Assink said in a statement.

Officials hoped that HB2 would be overturned in time for the symphony to perform at the university, Assink added. But, the symphony feels that it shouldn’t “visit or contribute economically” to North Carolina because of its bathroom bill, he said.

North Carolina’s bathroom bill prevents transgenders from using the bathroom according to their gender identity. (RELATED: NBA Threatens North Carolina Over Transgender Bathroom Bill)

Other businesses refused to do business in North Carolina because of HB2. The NBA said it would move its 2017 All-Star game to a different state because of the bathroom bill.

“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” the NBA said in a statement.

PayPal refused to bring approximately 400 jobs to the state, while celebrities like Bruce Springsteen canceled concerts in North Carolina.

A university official said he was disappointed over the symphony’s decision to cancel.

“I am disappointed that the San Francisco Symphony will not be performing at UNC-Chapel Hill in April, 2017 because of NC House Bill 2 (HB2) but I respect their decision to cancel,” said Emil J. Kang, a special assistant to the chancellor for the arts.

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