Canadian singer Bryan Adams has cancelled a show in Mississippi to protest new state law that will let people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the second major concert scrapped in the US South over discrimination concerns.
A week ago, rock star Bruce Springsteen called off a weekend concert in North Carolina to show his opposition to a new law there barring transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.
The cancellations come as US states consider legislation seen as restricting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Supporters of the measures say they are needed to keep women and children safe in restrooms and to protect religious freedom after a US Supreme Court ruling last year legalised same-sex marriage.
Adams, who was set to perform on Thursday (local time), called the state’s measure “extremely discriminatory”.
“I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation,” Adams wrote on his website.
The law signed in Mississippi last week allows people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and permits employers to cite religion in determining workplace policies on dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access.
Ninety-five Mississippi writers, including best-selling author John Grisham, signed a letter released on Monday calling for a repeal of the law before it takes effect in July.
“There have always been people here battling injustice,” the letter said.
“That’s the version of Mississippi we believe in, and that’s the Mississippi we won’t stop fighting for.”
In North Carolina, several hundred people rallied in Raleigh on Monday in support of that state’s law, the first in the nation to require transgender people to choose bathrooms and locker rooms that match the gender on their birth certificate.
The law also bars local governments from enacting anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sleeping in on weekends may help live longer
Sleep deprivation has been found to have numerous negative effects on a person’s health. But the new study has shown that sleeping more on the weekend might help ease health problems associated with not getting enough during the week, and even reduce the risk of an early death.
The study, published in Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, suggested that the negative effects of a few nights of short sleep could be counteracted by staying in bed over the weekend.
The from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of early death after examining medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.
For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk. But, for people who consistently slept for less than five hours through the whole week, the mortality risk is higher.
Torbjorn Akerstedt, one of the authors of the research and a clinical neuroscience professor from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said that the findings were consistent with previous studies on the link between sleep duration and mortality.
However, those previous studies only focused on sleep during weekdays.
“The results imply that short sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study.Follow @gorkhapost