Cyndi Lauper isn’t exactly following Bruce Springsteen’s lead and cancelling her concert in Raleigh, N.C. The singer’s non-profit ‘True Colors Fund’ fights to eliminate homelessness among LGBTQ youths. Lauper has now decided to use the profits from the concert to fight the new anti-LGBT law in the state.
The singer announced Friday that she plans to donate the funds to the LGBT-rights group, Equality North Carolina. In addition to that, her manager and agent will also be contributing their commissions from the June 4th show.
Lauper writes, in part:
I have seen time and time again what can happen when people join together to do what is fair and the effort to repeal HB2 is the right and fair thing to do. I am hopeful that all of the current efforts to repeal HB2 will be successful and the True Colors Fund and I will continue to do all that we can to help. In that vein, 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.
I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality North Carolina’s efforts to repeal HB2 and I am proud of my manager and agent for joining me in this effort by donating their commissions from the show to this vital effort. 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.
Cirque du Soleil announced that their performances will be canceled in Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh. According to Fox 8, more than 120 companies have also denounced the law and both PayPal and Deutsche Bank have canceled planned expansion efforts in that state, a move which will cost North Carolina nearly 650 jobs.
The language in North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” formally known as HB2, allows the state to discriminate against the LGBTQ community, even in the workplace. It’s called the ‘bathroom bill” but it’s just veiled discrimination.
HB2 also mandates that students in state schools use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate. However, that, too, could prove to be uncomfortable. In addition to that, there is no way they could enforce policing bathrooms.
After a swift backlash to the bill North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) responded by signing an executive order even though he left the most controversial provisions intact.
McCrory said on Tuesday that he was expanding protections for state employees, which would prevent those workers from being fired for being gay or transgender, according to the Washington Post.
Apparently, celebrities and businesses aren’t buying into McCrory’s distraction. Ms. Lauper also left a Facebook message on her page which has been widely shared. Businesses are leaving, others are concerned, and McCrory is panicking.