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Cyndi Lauper says proceeds from Raleigh show will support repeal of HB2

Posted April 14

Cyndi Lauper played PNC Arena on May 7, 2014. (Photos by Kathy Hanrahan)

— 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 Lauper says she hopes the law is repealed.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.

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  • Liz CatWrangler Apr 14, 8:33 p.m.
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    Apparently people forget that assaults happen whether there are laws or not. Does anyone remember the 2013 Fayetteville cross creek mall incident involving a female teen being dragged into the bathroom and assaulted by a male. No one cared about laws then. If a predator wants to attack they will do so regardless of this silly law. What worries me about this law is all the other stuff that was packed into that curtails people's legal rights to bring a suit against someone who is openly discriminating against them. I know the governor is NOW starting to address this issue, but the fact it was passed in the first place is scary. Just goes to show you that you can attach a hot button issue to just about anything and all people will see is the one issue that distracts them from the oppressive content on the next page. Just think what our lovely government will try and slide by us next.

  • Cameron Horn Apr 14, 8:20 p.m.
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    Oh No!!
    NC is not alone .. Seven other state are looking at doing the similar type law
    Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee and Wisconsin
    More to come ..

  • Laura Stanberry Apr 14, 7:09 p.m.
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    Now this is a way an artist should disagree. Why punish others by canceling your concert. If you disagree with something use your voice in a way that does not punish others. I am not saying I agree with her protest but I respect the way it is being done. I for one have not read the bill so I won't comment there. I grew up listening to Cyndi I don't have to agree with her politics in order to appreciate her talent. So as a conservative I say well done Ms. Lauper.

  • Byrd Ferguson Apr 14, 6:22 p.m.
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    Thus the name "liberal media." Every person at this station is a card-carrying liberal.

  • George Herbert Apr 14, 4:58 p.m.
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    Unfortunately a governor cannot change a law. All he will be able to do is to push for repeal or modification. McCrory is pushing for partial modification of the law. It's left to be seen whether the Republican legislators will acquiesce to his call to modify the law by reinstating people's ability to sue in state courts (and whether that small step will help stop the economic hemorrhaging) when they return to Raleigh later this month.

  • George Herbert Apr 14, 4:54 p.m.
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    Sometimes an issue is one-sided. In the case of HB2, the fact that the governor first lied about what exactly changed in the law doesn't give the media much confidence in his side of the argument. The subsequent rally last week of supporters focused solely on the horrors of men attacking girls and women in restrooms. The supporters ignored the other sections of the bill that took away rights of workers to sue and of municipalities to enact any protections for LGBT citizens.

  • Mary Meadows Apr 14, 3:48 p.m.
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    Holly that's not always true. Some people come from out of town and have booked hotels, taken leave, etc.

  • Brent Phares Apr 14, 2:56 p.m.
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    Why do you think he can do that?

  • Rhonda Arthur Apr 14, 2:41 p.m.
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    Its not the transgenders I fear, although I still don't want a man in the bathroom at the same time as me, it's the perverts who will, and already are, taking advantage of the law that I fear.

  • Holly Atkins Apr 14, 1:58 p.m.
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    Just as an FYI, those canceled shows refunded the money so the fans are not out any money. They're out a concert but nothing else.

    This whole bill is a travesty and I have yet to see one document that HUNDREDS of corporations have signed indicating HB2 is a great idea. You have no idea how many transgender people you have probably shared a bathroom with at concerts, outings, etc. and this really needs to go away.

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