North Carolina’s Controversial ‘Bathroom Bill’ Is Seriously Impacting Their Music Scene

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 6.32.22 PMWe’ve already told you that music stars like Bruce Springsteen and Tegan and Sara have backed off from association with North Carolina since the state passed a bill that many see as being anti-transgender. Now, another group has joined the list of performing acts that won’t be touring in the Tar Heel State: Pearl Jam. Ringo Starr recently canceled a show there, too, as did the band Boston.

WCCB Charlotte reported on the issue today, pointing out that the bill has had the unintended consequence of heavily impacting the arts community and concert goers in North Carolina. They gathered up a list of all of the artists who’ve spoken out against the bill. Jimmy Buffet, for instance, didn’t cancel any planned shows, but made it clear that future bookings in the state are contingent on the bill being repealed.

Others, like Brandi Carlile, Duran Duran, and Rhiannon Giddens have decided to continue playing in the state, but only because they don’t want to deprive LGBTQ community members of the opportunity to attend shows. Cyndi Lauper and Mumford & Sons opted to perform but give their proceeds to charities benefitting LGBTQ people.

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