Lawmakers in North Carolina and Mississippi have come under fire as of late, since many gay rights activists believe the new bills discriminate against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community.

Last week (08Apr16), Miley teamed up with officials at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) civil rights organisation to blast legislation being introduced in Tennessee, targeting transgender students in public schools and universities.

In her statement, Miley admitted she was stunned to learn state politicians were back in discussions about plans to introduce the bill, weeks after one family made a personal appeal to legislators to shut down the law.

On Monday (11Apr16), Billy Ray released his own statement in support of Miley's stance, as well as his pal rocker Bryan Adams.

Adams cancelled a scheduled concert in Mississippi over his disapproval of the state's "incomprehensible" 'Religious Liberty' bill, which allows business, religiously-affiliated organisations and individuals the opportunity to deny service to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people, single mothers or anyone who offends their "sincerely held religious belief".

In his statement, Achy Breaky Heart singer Billy Ray says: "I would feel negligent to not speak up. In light of my good friend Bryan Adams taking a stand and my daughter having been on the ground floor of this movement, this issue is very important to me. As a friend and dad, I’ve witnessed this fight from the very beginning. I think everyone should be treated equal. We've come too far; we can’t mess this up."

Meanwhile, out singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile also announced on Sunday (10Apr16) that she will carry on with her upcoming concerts in North Carolina, unlike rocker Bruce Springsteen, who hit headlines after he axed planned gigs there over the state's "bathroom" law, which dictates the bathrooms that can be used by transgender people.

Brandi took to Instagram.com to write a lengthy missive to her fans about her decision, writing, "Everywhere I've gone I'm being asked if I plan to cancel my shows... Bruce has decided on principal not to go through with his concert because of thinly veiled legislation having been passed that permits the discrimination of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters in NC.

"I deeply appreciate this, and I want to say on my own behalf thank you for doing what you're doing guys... Bruce is not LGBTQ himself - but is bravely defending those of us that are. This is how we've seen the progress that we've seen."

She continues, "As artists it's our responsibility to take cause against those who would oppress our brothers and sisters and defend them using whatever power we possess. Bruce is an artist, but on behalf of NC LGBTQ citizens, also is poignantly depriving NC of the big business his event would bring- well done.

"For very different reasons I have decided not to cancel my North Carolina shows. I'm a small artist, and I'm gay, many of my fans are gay as well. To cancel my shows in NC would further oppress my fans who are hurt by this legislation, who worked hard to suppress it, and who need a place where they can come together.

"We're going to come together, let our voices be heard, not stand down, and make a joyful noise in the face of this insult of a law. We all have a role to play here. Bruce is playing his beautifully and I respect him. In my own humble way though, I want to witness the protest through music."