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Celebrities boycotting the South over LGBTQ laws

A trio of laws affecting LGBTQ citizens is costing three southern states support from some of the heaviest hitters in entertainment.

After North Carolina and Georgia passed laws that would allow discrimination by businesses and faith-based organizations, several performers canceled shows and vowed to boycott in retaliation. A new Mississippi law that says everyone must use the bathroom that matches one’s gender at birth is also costing support from entertainers.

Here are some of the prominent celebs taking action against the laws.

Ani DiFranco

Grammy-winning singer Ani DiFranco was set to headline
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Grammy-winning singer Ani DiFranco was set to headline the Festival for the Eno in Durham, N.C., on July 4, 2016, but released a statement to News Observer in April that she would be canceling her appearance on the same day she was slated to make the headlining announcement. She said that while she was looking forward to the festival, she "cannot in good conscience" perform in North Carolina.

98 Degrees

Boy band 98 Degrees spent the summer of
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Boy band 98 Degrees spent the summer of 2016 headlining the "My2K Tour" with O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera, but prior to the tour announcement, they released a statement on Twitter that they would not be bringing their show to North Carolina as originally planned. "As a band we get no greater satisfaction than when we're performing for our fans across the country. Before announcing the My2K Tour, we made the difficult decision on behalf of the entire tour to not move forward with two of our planned shows in Charlotte and Raleigh. Above all else we support equality and fair treatment for all. We hope our fans in North Carolina understand this decision."

Tracy Morgan

The actor and comedian called off a performance
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The actor and comedian called off a performance at the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Mississippi because of the law. A representative said he looked forward to rescheduling the performance once the law had either been repealed or amended, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bruce Springsteen

The Boss canceled an April 10 show in
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The Boss canceled an April 10 show in Greensboro, N.C., and offered his "deepest apologies" in a statement to fans. The rock legend called the law "an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing human rights of all our citizens to overturn that progress." He added that canceling performances was "the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards."

Ringo Starr

The beat-keeping Beatle sought to
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The beat-keeping Beatle sought to "spread peace and love" when he canceled his June 18 show at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C. In a statement on his Facebook page, Starr said, "I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred."

Bryan Adams

Musician Bryan Adams canceled an April 14 performance
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Musician Bryan Adams canceled an April 14 performance at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in support of the state's LGBTQ citizens. Calling the discrimination "incomprehensible," Adams said in a statement, "I cannot in good conscience perform in a State [sic] where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation."

Julianne Moore

Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more
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Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more signed a Human Rights Campaign petition against Georgia's laws. "We will take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law," said the petition, which was signed by Julianne Moore. Moore attends the 25th Gotham Awards on Nov. 30, 2015.

Anne Hathaway

Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more
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Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more signed a Human Rights Campaign petition against Georgia's laws. "We will take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law," said the petition, which was signed by actress Anne Hathaway. Hathaway attends AFI Fest on Nov. 4, 2010 in Hollywood, Calif.

Matt Bomer

Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more
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Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more signed a Human Rights Campaign petition against Georgia's laws. "We will take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law," said the petition, which was signed by actor Matt Bomer. Bomer attends a party on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Marisa Tomei

Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more
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Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more signed a Human Rights Campaign petition against Georgia's laws. "We will take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law," said the petition, which was signed by actress Marisa Tomei.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

The husband and wife said they had canceled
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The husband and wife said they had canceled a performance of their Indiana Summer of 69 tour on May 16, according to Offerman's Twitter account. The "Parks and Recreation" star added that the proceeds from his performance at Indiana University would go to the Human Rights Campaign.

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato

The pop stars announced they had canceled their
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The pop stars announced they had canceled their "Honda Civic Tour: Future Now" shows in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., because of the law. "One of our goals for the tour has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are," they said in a joint statement posted to Instagram. Saying the law "takes away some of the LGBT community's most basic rights and protections," they said they hoped fans would stand by them despite their disappointment in the canceled shows.

Michael Moore

The documentary filmmaker tweeted that his latest film
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The documentary filmmaker tweeted that his latest film would not be booked in any North Carolina theater because of the "bigoted law against LGBTQ ppl."

Pearl Jam

Calling the North Carolina law
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Calling the North Carolina law "a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens," the rock group said in a statement that they had canceled a show in Raleigh. Until progress is made against the law, the group said they would "be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return."

Jimmy Buffett

Musician Jimmy Buffett did not cancel his already
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Musician Jimmy Buffett did not cancel his already sold out shows scheduled in North Carolina, saying in a blog post, "I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year." However, he said future performances in the state "would definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed."

Stephen Schwartz

The Tony Award-winning lyricist and composer said in
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The Tony Award-winning lyricist and composer said in a statement he and his collaborators would act to deny rights to produce their shows within the state of North Carolina until the act was repealed. Schwartz said he took similar action in the 1970s to stand against apartheid in South Africa, which "eventually proved to be very effective."

Sharon Stone

The actress said in a statement that she
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The actress said in a statement that she refused to "work in any state that holds or is actively creating laws to legally support discrimination against American citizens due to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation." She also said she would not work "where those laws are passed or approved by the government of said state."

Rob Reiner

The actor and filmmaker refuses to film in
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The actor and filmmaker refuses to film in North Carolina "until this hateful law is repealed and LGBT North Carolinians are treated with the equal dignity they deserve," he said in a statement through the Human Rights Campaign. He encouraged his colleagues to do the same, concluding "enough is enough."

Zoe Kravitz

Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more
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Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more signed a Human Rights Campaign petition against Georgia's laws. "We will take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law," said the petition, which was signed by entertainer Zoe Kravitz.

Kristin Chenoweth

Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more
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Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more signed a Human Rights Campaign petition against Georgia's laws. "We will take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law," said the petition, which was signed by actress Kristin Chenoweth. She speaks on April 4, 2016 during PFLAG National's eighth annual Straight for Equality awards gala in Manhattan.

Gus Van Sant

Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more
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Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more signed a Human Rights Campaign petition against Georgia's laws. "We will take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law," said the petition, which was signed by director Gus Van Sant. He was photographed on April 11, 2016, at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.

Garvey Weinstein

Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more
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Dozens of actors, directors, producers, writers and more signed a Human Rights Campaign petition against Georgia's laws. "We will take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law," said the petition, which was signed by Hollywood producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein.

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