AceShowbiz - Cyndi Lauper and Mumford & Sons take a different route to show their support for LGBTQ community in North Carolina over the "bathroom law" that discriminates transgender people. Unlike Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr who canceled their concerts, the two music acts will perform in the state as scheduled but the proceeds will be donated to the local LGBTQ charity.
"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," Lauper says in a statement.
"I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality North Carolina's efforts to repeal HB2," she adds. "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."
Mumford and Sons issues a similar statement to announce that their N.C. gig will go as planned. "We're now creating a charitable fund to support those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice. We will be donating all of our profits from this show to this new fund. And we will start by making a donation from it to a local LGBTQ organization," they say.
Gregg Allman, Brandi Carlile and Jimmy Buffett also condemned the controversial anti-LGBTQ law but chose to continue with their concerts. Buffett said, "North Carolina was there for me as a performer in the early days and I have always felt a loyalty to fans there that goes deep. Rightly so, a lot of people are reacting to the stupid law."
"I happen to believe that the majority of our fans in North Carolina feel the way I do about that law. I am lucky enough to have found a job in the business of fun. These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law. I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year. We will be playing in Raleigh and Charlotte next week."
In another state, Bryan Adams took a stand against anti-gay law as well. The singer was supposed to perform at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi later this week, but he decided to pull the plug on the concert after Gov. Phil Bryant signed a similar bill that discriminates LGBTQ community.