Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina show to protest anti-trans law
Ringo Starr performs during the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on April 18, 2015. (Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk)

Musician Ringo Starr said on Wednesday he was canceling a performance planned for June in Cary, North Carolina, in protest of a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

"I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred," the former drummer for The Beatles said in a statement. "Spread peace and love."

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins and Letitia Stein; Editing by Alan Crosby)