Laura Jane Grace, transgender frontwoman of punk band Against Me!, announced that they will not be canceling their concert in North Carolina. In protest of the state’s recently passed law that disallows transgender people from using the bathrooms or locker rooms of the gender that they identify as, famous musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have canceled their shows in North Carolina. But Grace says that Against Me! may will still play their May 15 show in Durham, North Carolina “as an act of protest.”
A week after “the bathroom bill” HB2 was passed on March 23, Grace posted to Twitter that she wouldn’t cancel her upcoming North Carolina show, and asked if there were any trans activist groups who would table the show there.
She reiterated their stance in an interview with BuzzFeed and said, “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.”
Grace went on to discuss the importance of visibility: “I think the real danger with HB2 is that it creates a target on transgender people specifically,” Grace continued. “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.”
Off the stage, Grace will release her memoir Tranny later this year, focusing largely on her struggle with gender dysphoria and the process of coming out as a transgender woman.