Against Me! To Play North Carolina Show: “Visibility Is More Important Than Ever”

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 has gotten press for a few reasons. One, for being an incredibly discriminatory attempt to make transgender people go away by forcing them to use restrooms that match their biological sex. And two, for musicians who to cancel (or not cancel) their tour dates to the state because of it.

Against Me!, fronted by trans singer Laura Jane Grace, has decided to play their May 15 show in Durham. Grace spoke to Buzzfeed about her reasons for the decision.

“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 said in the interview.

“I think the real danger with HB2 is that it creates a target on transgender people specifically,” Grace said. “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.”

Grace also shared on Twitter that the band will donate their proceeds from the show to Time Out Youth, a North Carolina LBTQ organization.