May 23, 2016


Dave Matthews Band Sending North Carolina Concert Proceeds to Equality Groups

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DirecTV

Amid a long list of North Carolina concert cancellations, Dave Matthews Band are sticking to their date—and doing something great with the opportunity. The state's new law, formerly called HB2 (house bill 2), requires transgender individuals to use public restrooms matching the gender indicated on their birth certificates; HB2 has bred gig-skipping protest from Bruce SpringsteenPearl Jam and Maroon 5 among many more.

In tandem with NC Needs You ("Don't Cancel Your Show," the logo entreats artists), DMB will donate a portion of the show's earnings to five equality-focused non-profits: the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal, ACLU of North Carolina, Equality NC and Time Out Youth.

"Dave Matthews Band will donate the funds through their Bama Works Fund, which has contributed a portion of sales from each concert ticket since 1999," Rolling Stone writes

Cyndi Lauper will take a similar stand with her June 4 concert, donating the entirety of the proceeds to Equality North Carolina and the organization's push to repeal HB2. "I look forward to coming to North Carolina and standing up for equality and fairness," she wrote on her website. "If we truly want an inclusive society, we all have to include ourselves in the effort to make that happen"

At an Against Me! concert in Durham, N.C. last week, transgender frontwoman Laura Jane Grace burned her birth certificate, declaring, "Goodbye, gender."