May 16, 2016


Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Burns Birth Certificate at N.C. Show: 'Goodbye, Gender!'

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

March and April were filled with musicians canceling their North Carolina concerts in protest of HB2, a law mandating transgender men and women to use the bathroom corresponding with the gender on their birth certificates. Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace told BuzzFeed she'd use her band's show in N.C. "as a form of protest to say that despite whatever stupid laws they enact, trans people are not going to be scared."

Then, at Sunday's concert at Durham's Motorco Music Hall, Grace burned her birth certificate, labeled Thomas James Gabel. Watch below as she grins at the flaming document and says, "Goodbye, gender" (via Consequence of Sound):

On Instagram she wrote, "Set fire to my birth certificate tonight onstage in North Carolina... BURN GENDER BURN! GENDER INFERNO!!!! Thanks to all that came out to the show." She also posted this earlier in the evening:

In that conversation with BuzzFeed in April, Grace explained:

"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."

We're sure her live protest won't be the last.