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Laura Jane Grace will perform in North Carolina in protest

The Against Me! frontwoman explains why she won’t be boycotting performances since the state passed a law targeting transgender people

A lot of high profile musicians have been cancelling performances in North Carolina since the state passed HB 2, aka the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, a law that prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the sex stated on their birth certificate. Artists including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have pulled out from scheduled appearances in protest, but Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace has explained that the band’s scheduled North Carolina appearance will go ahead as planned.

At the end of last month Grace, tweeted that she was “even more eager” to play because of the bill. Now she’s elaborated on her views in a new interview. “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,” she told BuzzFeed yesterday.

Grace also used the interview to praise artists like Springsteen for their boycotts, but ultimately concludes that the bill makes transgender people a specific target — and “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.”