Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina gig in LGBT protest

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is the latest musician to cancel a performance in North Carolina in protest of a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Days before, Bruce Springsteen also cancelled his concert for similar reasons.

Starr wrote on his Facebook page "I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love".

He also made a plea that "we all support organizations that are fighting to overturn this law in whatever way we can".

The statement ended with "As Canned Heat sang, Let's work together and The Beatles said, All you need is love".

Starr was due to perform in Cary, North Carolina, on June 18 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

The venue has announced they will offer refunds for the tickets.

The law, which was passed last month, bars transgender people from using public bathrooms that do not match their sex at birth.