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Trans rock star Laura Jane Grace will perform in North Carolina as ‘act of protest’

Trans rock star Laura Jane Grace will perform in North Carolina as ‘act of protest’

Laura Jane Grace protests against North Carolina law

Trans rock star Laura Jane Grace will not be joining artists like Bruce Springsteen in boycotting North Carolina, but instead plans to perform there to protest the state’s transphobic law.

The front woman of Against Me! said she would not be cancelling the band’s planned concert on 15 May in Durham.

‘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,’ she told Buzzfeed. ‘They are not going to go away.’

Grace announced she would be cancelling on Twitter last month.

Springsteen was the first of many to quit shows in both North Carolina and Mississippi after the state’s enacted homophobic and transphobic bills. Ringo Starr and Bryan Adams have both quit shows, while noted LGBTI advocate Cyndi Lauper has promised to turn her concert into a ‘rally’ for equality.

‘I think the real danger with HB2 is that it creates a target on transgender people specifically,’ Grace added. ‘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.’

All proceeds from the Against Me! show in NC will go to benefit Time Out Youth Center in Charlotte.