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By now you MUST know about the highly controversial House Bill 2… You know, the bill that actively discriminates against the LGBTQ community?
There has been backlash coming left, right, and centre, and protest from artists like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr who have cancelled shows in the state.
Now, Laura Jane Grace is having her say, and she’s saying that on May 15th Against Me! will play their North Carolina show as scheduled… IN PROTEST.
Here’s what she had to say in an interview with Buzzfeed:
“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 says to BuzzFeed. “An attack by a transgender person against another person in a bathroom has never been documented. There are more incidents of straight senators having issues in bathrooms than transgender people.”
She goes on to say that being visible is what’s really important. “I think the real danger with HB2 is that it creates a target on transgender people specifically,” Grace says. “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 considers the artists boycotting the State her allies, despite having different approaches. “Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen aren’t transgender,” Grace said. “For them to say, ‘I think this bill is messed up and I’m not going to go here and be part of the state,’ that seems like the effort of an ally, which is really commendable.”
But the transgender people that live there don’t have the option to protest. “They live here. They pay taxes. They are prisoners to it,” she says. “This is all kind of happening in the moment,” Grace says. “I’m doing what I can do and I’ll make the most of going to North Carolina.”
You can check out some of Laura’s tweets about the issue below:
It was suggested to me in an interview that we might cancel our May 15th show in Durham, NC because of the states HB2 bill. Hell no! (1/2)— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) March 30, 2016
I'm even more eager to play North Carolina 'cause of the bill! Let me know if there's any activist groups that can come table the show (2/2)— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) March 30, 2016