The comic’s performance was at the Durham Performing Arts Center. He called the state’s new law, HB 2, ‘fucking crazy’ and did his routine wearing a LGBTQ T-shirt.
‘Joel is vehemently opposed to HB 2 and knows there are many in Durham (which recently passed a measure condemning the law) that share the feeling,’ the actor’s representative said in a statement. ‘He felt this was a good way to raise awareness and much needed funds for a local center that is on the front line of this important cause.’
The regulation blocks all local LGBTI rights ordinances and requires residents to use the public facilities consistent with their birth. Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill last month as an override to a Charlotte law allowing people to use the public restrooms of their gender identification.
On Friday, musician Bruce Springsteen announced his weekend concert in the US southern state was canceled as a protest. Movie director Rob Reiner called for a boycott of the state and promised he would not produce films there until the law is repealed.
Major businesses such as Google, Apple, and IBM also condemned the law.
The LGBTQ Center of Durham used Facebook to thank the comic for the donation: