Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have cancelled concerts in the state over controversial anti-LGBT legislation
Mumford and Sons have pledged to donate profits from their upcoming gig in North Carolina to a local LGBT charity.
Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have both recently cancelled concerts in North Carolina because of the state’s new law requiring individuals to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex, which many view as discriminatory towards trans people.
In a Facebook statement, the British band explained that they intend to play their planned gig at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina tonight (April 14), explaining that they will “take a stand” against the state’s controversial new law in a different way.
“As a band that relishes welcoming everyone to our shows and promoting tolerance, we do want to take a stand with the people of North Carolina who this week are shouting loudly against intolerance, fear and discrimination,” the statement explained.
“Over the years we’ve looked for ways to contribute to the vitality of local communities and, in that spirit, we’re now creating a charitable fund to support those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice. We will be donating all of our profits from this show to this new fund. And we will start by making a donation from it to a local LGBTQ organisation.”
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, who came out trans in 2012, has said the band will play their planned concert in North Carolina next month (May) as a “form of protest” against the controversial new law.
Meanwhile, Adam Lambert recently praised Bruce Springsteen for his LGBT protest, telling NME “it’s pretty badass that [Springsteen and the E Street Band] cancelled their shows”.