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Dave Matthews Band won’t boycott North Carolina over HB 2

Dave Matthews Band won’t boycott North Carolina over HB 2

The Dave Matthews band will perform as scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week despite the state’s controversial anti-LGBTI law.

But the band plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the show to five organizations fighting for LGBTI equality.

‘I know that North Carolina is a state full of good folks and loyal fans, many of whom are angry about and feel misrepresented by this action,’ Matthews said in a statement.

‘My band and I will continue to play our show as scheduled there and hope that our music unites people in this challenging time.’

Such high-profile acts as Bruce Springsteen, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato and Itzhak Perlman have canceled performances because of the state’s House Bill 2.

Other acts including Cyndi Lauper and Joel McHale have chosen to perform and donate to LGBTI groups.

The Dave Matthews Band will donate to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lambda Legal, ACLU of North Carolina, Equality NC, and Time Out Youth.

HB 2 removes local legal protections for LGBTI people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

The federal government is suing the state and its governor, Pat McCrory, for implementing the controversial law which has pushed the issue of bathroom bills to the forefront.