Trans-led punk band Against Me! to play NC despite anti-LGBTQ law HB 2
Founder of punk rock band Against Me! Laura Jane Grace has chosen not to cancel her concert on May 15 in North Carolina, despite backlash over HB 2.
According to Buzzfeed, Grace, who came out as transgender in 2012, decided to use her performance in Durham to send a message instead of canceling her performance like other musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr.
“I’m going to create an event around the show as a form of protest to say that despite whatever stupid laws they enact, trans people are not going to be scared,” Grace told BuzzFeed in a recent interview. They are not going to go away.”
The recently introduced law removes protections for LGBTQ employees and forces transgender individuals to use the wrong restroom.
The musician told Buzzfeed that HB2 puts on a target on transgender individuals.
“When you feel targeted as a trans person, the natural inclination is to go into hiding. But visibility is more important than ever; to go there and have the platform of a stage to stand on and speak your mind and represent yourself.”
She plans to speak on the issue at the show, along with letting LGBT organizations hang out information to the audience. You can read Buzzfeed’s full interview with her here.
Corporations and businesses are boycotting the state since HB 2 was passed March 23. PayPal was slated to bring 400 jobs to Charlotte with a new facility, but recently squashed the plan in response to the anti-LGBTQ law. Google Ventures and Lionsgate Films have also canceled plans to do business in North Carolina. Over 100 national firms including Bank of America, American Airlines and Uber have signed a Human Rights Campaign letter which decries the new legislation.
Recently, NC Gov. Pat McCrory issued an executive order to “alleviate some of the concerns associated with the bill”. McCrory signed EO 93, which will allow localities to create their own protections for employees, offers protections for LGBTQ state employees and asks the legislature to create a new law which would “reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination.”
But the new legislation failed to change the state’s bathroom laws.
“His executive order says that transgender state employees are protected from discrimination, but they still can’t use the restroom at work. It doesn’t make sense. In fact, the order does nothing to change the government-mandated discrimination against all trans people in public buildings across the state. And it doesn’t change the fact that most LGBT people in the state still have zero protections against discrimination,” said Jay H. Wu, Media Relations Manager for the National Center for Transgender Equality. ”If Gov. McCrory thinks anyone is going to fall for this, he has completely underestimated North Carolinians – and the rest of the nation.”
Read more on our coverage of EO 93 here.
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