Laura Jane Grace at Lincoln Center in February (more by Sachyn Mital)
While some musicians are cancelling their North Carolina shows over the state’s extreme anti-LGBT law, other musicians like popular transgender singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! will in fact play NC as a form of protest. Laura told 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.
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.
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.
She still supported musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adam’s decision to not perform there though:
Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen aren’t transgender. 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.
Against Me!’s North Carolina show happens May 15, and Laura’s inviting activist groups to table the event:
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