Update: Duran Duran joined in the fight against HB2. Last night at their show in Charlotte, the band launched Equality North Carolina’s petition against the “Bathroom Bill.” Watch their speech below via Indy Week.
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) April 17, 2016
A number of prominent musicians, including Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen, have canceled scheduled concerts in North Carolina to protest the state’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (otherwise known as HB2). Others, like Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, have opted to use their upcoming appearances as a form of protest. Likewise, pop vet Cyndi Lauper, whose True Colors Fund combats homelessness among LGBT youth, has announced that she will not only still perform in Raleigh on June 4, but will be donating all of the profits to Equality North Carolina‘s efforts to help repeal HB2. She writes on her website:
I have seen time and time again what can happen when people join together to do what is fair and the effort to repeal HB2 is the right and fair thing to do. I am hopeful that all of the current efforts to repeal HB2 will be successful and the True Colors Fund and I will continue to do all that we can to help. In that vein, the best way I know how to make a difference is what I have strived to do my whole life and that is show up for my family, friends, and fans in the LGBT community. So, for that reason I think the best way I can do my part is to turn my show in Raleigh on June 4th into an entire day to build public support to repeal HB2.
I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality North Carolina’s efforts to repeal HB2 and I am proud of my manager and agent for joining me in this effort by donating their commissions from the show to this vital effort. I look forward to coming to North Carolina and standing up for equality and fairness. If we truly want an inclusive society, we all have to include ourselves in the effort to make that happen. This is the best way I know how to include myself and urge you to join me in the best way you know how.