Laura Jane Grace says Against Me! will play North Carolina as protest

Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace says defiant performance is a more effective than boycott against North Carolina's hot button

Acts like Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr recently cancelled performances in North Carolina in protest of the bathroom bill, while Against Me! chose to protest the bill by actually playing in North Carolina.

North Carolina's newly enacted law requires people to use public bathrooms corresponding with the biological sex stated on their birth certificate. She wasn't kidding. Last night, the band started their show with Laura Jane Grace burning her birth certificate. "Goodbye gender!" She declared onstage in Durham. She captured portions of that identity struggle on her band's most recent studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. "I may not be a citizen of this state, but we've played in this state at least once a year for the past twenty years, and we pay taxes in this state", she said. However, Grace felt she could do far more by taking the stage.

The federal lawsuit and two suits by North Carolina officials were swiftly followed by a directive from the Obama administration that requires all schools across the country to allow trans students to use the bathrooms of their choice - or risk continued federal educational funding provided under Title IX.

"Hell no!" she wrote in a series of tweets in March.

Grace continued: "When you feel targeted as a trans person, the natural inclination is to go into hiding". "That's why going there now and being visible is all the more important".

Musicians and other entertainers have boycotted the Tar Heel State, but not Grace.

Trump plans to throw Bill Clinton's infidelities in Hillary Clinton's face on live television during the presidential debates this fall, questioning whether she enabled his behavior and sought to discredit the women involved. It also excludes LGBT people from anti-discrimination protection in the state.

'They are not going to go away'.

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