Cyndi Lauper says proceeds from Raleigh show will support repeal of HB2
Posted April 14, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — Singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper says her June 4 show at Raleigh's Duke Energy Performing Arts Center will be turned into a "day to build public support to repeal HB2," and she says she'll donate all the proceeds from her concert to Equality North Carolina.
In a news release posted on her website, Lauper said the legislation "tramples" on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Lauper says she hopes the law is repealed.
"The pressure to repeal HB2 is building and it is beautiful. In the dark haze of such oppression, people and companies are stepping up to fight back against this unjust law and ensure that all North Carolinians are treated with dignity and respect, especially the transgender community," Lauper said in a statement.
Unlike former Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen, who have announced cancellations of upcoming shows in the Tar Heel State, Lauper says coming to North Carolina is a way to support the LGBT community.
"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," Lauper said. "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."
Other artists and businesses have also been outspoken about the law. Jimmy Buffett said that he would play two April shows in Raleigh and Charlotte so as to not disappoint "loyal fans," but noted that future shows would be dependent on the total repeal of the law.
Several businesses, including PayPal, have also canceled plans for expansions in the state.