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Cirque du Soleil cancels multiple shows in North Carolina because of anti-LGBT bill

Yet another high profile act is cutting ties with North Carolina. 

This time, it's theatrical company Cirque du Soleil, which announced on Friday that it would cancel multiple upcoming performances in the state because of recently passed anti-LGBT legislation.

The roster of cancelled shows includes those scheduled for April 20-24 in Greensboro, June 22-26 in Raleigh and July 6-10 in Charlotte.

"Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form," the company's statement reads. "The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all."

Cirque du Soleil is now on a lengthy list of high profile acts canceling shows in North Carolina, following Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and more. The cancellations have come in response to HB2, a bill that blocks transgender people from using their preferred public bathroom, among broader anti-LGBT ramifications. 

Here's their statement in full, which was posted on Facebook. 

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