Laura Jane Grace will gig in Durha, North Carolina on May 15
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! has said that she is planning to visit North Carolina and play live as a “protest” at the state’s controversial new HB2 legislation.
North Carolina’s new laws require individuals to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex, which some have seen as discriminatory towards trans people. The laws also impact on local government’s ability to pass anti-discrimination laws.
Trans singer Grace has joined other artists, including Cyndi Lauper, in saying that they will continue to visit the state and perform live. Both Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have already pulled gigs in protest at the ruling.
Against Me! are due to play in North Carolina next month (May) and Grace says she will use the gig as “a form of protest.” While commeding those who have boycotted the gig, Grace want to be there for the people who can’t boycott the state: “They live here. They pay taxes. They are prisoners to it.”
“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. They are not going to go away,” Grace told BuzzFeed News. “I think the real danger with HB2 is that it creates a target on transgender people specifically. 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.”
Adam Lambert recently praised Bruce Springsteen for his LGBT protest, telling NME that “it’s pretty badass that [Springsteen and the E Street Band] cancelled their shows.”