April 14, 2016


Laura Jane Grace: Against Me! Will Protest Anti-LGBT Law at North Carolina Show

Daniel Boczarski/Redferns
Daniel Boczarski/Redferns

Musicians from across the industry have responded to recently passed anti-LGBT legislation in North Carolina, and many performers—including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr—have canceled their forthcoming performances in the state. 

But the House Bill 2 law, which mandates that transgender people use bathrooms that match the gender identity on their birth certificates, hasn't compelled Laura Jane Grace—the transgender frontwoman of punk band Against Me!—to cancel her band's show there next month on May 15. She told BuzzFeed News today (April 13), that her band would use the evening to deliver "a form of protest."

In the must-read interview, Grace lays bare the utter stupidity of North Carolina's anti-trans bill, which, per The Washington Post, has also been formally denounced by the NBA, GoogleApple and IBM

Grace told Buzzfeed: 

“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 also noted that there's been more misconduct committed in bathrooms by elected officials in the United States than transgender people. This, for all intents and purposes, is a fact

"An attack by a transgender person against another person in a bathroom has never been documented...there are more incidents of straight senators having issues in bathrooms than transgender people."

Grace also praised the actions of Springsteen and Bryan Adams—who most recently cancelled a gig in Mississippi in defiance of anti-trans legislation there—for protesting gender-based discrimination: 

“Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen aren’t transgender...for them to say, ‘I think this bill is messed up and I’m not going to go here and be part of the state,’ that seems like the effort of an ally, which is really commendable.”

Grace added that when Against Me! plays the Motorco Music Hall next month, she'll "definitely be speaking about trans rights on stage.”