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Renowned violinist cancels performance over LGBT discrimination law

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Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs during the annual national Hanukkah menorah lighting ceremony on the White House Ellipse December 01, 2010 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Violinist Itzhak Perlman has become the latest in a series of renowned musicians to cancel a North Carolina performance in protest of the state’s new law limiting anti-discrimination policies for LGBT people.

Perlman canceled his May 18 performance in Raleigh in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Perlman was scheduled to perform with the North Carolina Symphony at the Meymandi Concert Hall.

In the post, Perlman says he has spent a lifetime opposing discrimination toward those with physical disabilities and as a vocal advocate of treating all people equally. When he was a child, Perlman contracted polio, and learned to walk using crutches.

Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and the rock group Boston are among other musical performers who have canceled their shows due to the law.

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