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Selena Gomez will donate North Carolina concert proceeds to LGBT group

Pop singer declares HB2 an ‘act of discrimination’

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Selena Gomez’s upcoming concert in North Carolina will go on despite her opposition to the state’s controversial “bathroom bill” — but that’s not her last word on the issue.

The pop singer has announced that she will donate a portion of concert proceeds to the local LGBT advocacy group Equality North Carolina to support its efforts to repeal the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which Gomez says is an “act of discrimination.”

The legislation, also known as HB2 or House Bill 2, dictates which bathrooms transgender people are allowed to use in public.

“I am very fortunate to have grown up in a home where I learned from an early age that everyone should be treated equally,” Gomez said in a statement Friday. “I went back and forth on whether I should cancel my concert in North Carolina, and ultimately I think what is right for me is to move forward with my show and donate a portion of the proceeds to Equality North Carolina and their effort to defeat this act of discrimination.”

Gomez, who will perform June 7 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, added, “I’ve been reassured the venue I will be performing in has gender neutral bathrooms as I want everyone coming to my show to be welcomed. I feel like my generation is the most progressive one yet and believe there will be a day soon when laws like HB2 won’t even be a consideration.”

Gomez joins a swell of musicians who are protesting HB2, either by donating concert proceeds to pro-equality groups or by canceling shows outright. The former camp includes the Lumineers, the Dave Matthews Band, and Cyndi Lauper, while the latter includes Bruce Springsteen, Maroon 5, and Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas.

With additional reporting by Kevin O’Donnell