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Rock band Boston cancels NC shows

Posted: 2:29 PM, Apr 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-18 18:29:37Z
Rock band Boston cancels NC shows

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The rock group Boston is the latest act to cancel concerts in North Carolina because of the state's new law on LGBT rights.

Guitarist Tom Scholz announced the group's decision Monday on its Facebook page. Concerts were scheduled for Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh early next month.

In the statement, Scholz says the law "has the appearance of an oppressive discriminatory law against a small minority." He says other aspects of the law "arguably encourage bigotry."

An anti-discrimination ordinance approved in February in Charlotte that, among other things, would have allowed transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity led to a special session of the General Assembly. Legislators overturned the ordinance and blocked all other cities and counties from passing similar rules against discrimination.