Animal Collective have become the latest artists to attempt to raise money and awareness for LGBTQ rights in North Carolina, following the imposition of the so-called “Bathroom Bill”.
The anti-LGBTQ law was rushed through to prevent the city of Charlotte – and any other city within the state in the future – from passing a measure that would protect the LGBT community from discrimination and allow transgender people to use the bathrooms of the gender they identify with.
The band performed in Asheville, North Carolina at the Orange Peel venue last night (May 9) and have since released a statement about their decision not to cancel the show.
As Pitchfork reports, it read: “We felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans and decided to go on with the performance. That being said, we don’t condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination.”
To show their support for the fight against the controversial law and discrimination against the LGBTQ community, the band have released two live albums for download on a pay-what-you-want system. All proceeds will be donated to Progress NC.
Progress NC is a non-profit organisation who are committed to fighting for progressive causes in the state.
Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Ringo Starr have cancelled gigs in protest, while Father John Misty has announced he will donate profits from his upcoming gig in North Carolina to an LGBT support centre, Time Out Youth.
Other artists, including Against Me! and Cyndi Lauper, have vowed to play anyway as an act of protest, while Beyonce recently released a statement praising “those doing the good work” in the state.