Nick Jonas took a powerful stand on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday.
Jonas and Demi Lovato have teamed up for a summer tour, “Future Now: The Tour,” and recently, the duo announced they will be canceling dates in North Carolina to protest the state’s controversial LGBT law, called HB2 or House Bill 2, that prevents transgender men and women from using the bathrooms aligned with the gender identity.
Last week, Jonas posted the announcement on his Instagram page. He captioned the image, “RepealHB2.”
When he sat down with DeGeneres, she asked about their choice to cancel tour dates in that area.
“I know you canceled your dates in North Carolina because of the laws against gender issues and, first of all, I commend you for that. Bruce Springsteen did it and you did it,” DeGeneres said as the audience applauded. “I assume it’s hard, because not everybody in North Carolina feels that way, and yet, they are being punished, because everybody’s canceling. But how did you both come to that conclusion?”
“Demi and I had a lot of conversations together and with the team about the best way to handle it. It’s just an incredibly frustrating situation overall. We are very aware of our strong LGBT community fan base and the support they’ve given us and the support we want to give them,” Jonas said. “This is the time where, I feel like, we said, ‘We have to make a bold statement and put our foot down and stand firm with something we believe in.’ It’s unfortunate for the fans there and for us, because we want to perform as many shows as possible. In our minds, it’s the right thing to do, and hopefully our fans will stand united with us.”
The audience applauded his explanation of this monumental decision.