Performance troupe Cirque du Soleil said Friday that it was canceling shows in North Carolina over a law that it called discriminatory.

“Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form,” the group said in a Facebook post. “The new HB2 legislation in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all. We therefore choose to cancel our scheduled performances” in North Carolina.

North Carolina's House Bill 2 was a knee jerk reaction to passage of an LGBT protections bill in Charlotte. Lawmakers approved and Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill during a one-day special session. It repealed Charlotte's ordinance and blocked other cities from enacting similar measures. It also bars students attending public institutions from using the bathroom that does not conform to their gender at birth.

Other artists who are protesting the controversial law by canceling performances in the state include Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Ani DiFranco. Singer Cyndi Lauper said that she would donate profits from a scheduled show in Raleigh to effort to repeal the law.

Cirque du Soleil said that it was canceling shows in Greensboro (April 20-24), Charlotte (July 6-10) and Raleigh (June 22-26).

(Related: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin “furious” about North Carolina's anti-gay law.)