Our statement on playing in North Carolina and HB-2
North Carolina has been drawing attention for new legislation (HB-2) that overrules LGBT anti-discrimination measures passed by local governments. It excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from the state’s anti-discrimination policy and prevents people from filing employment discrimination lawsuits in state courts.
This all began earlier this year when the city of Charlotte, NC passed a decree expanding North Carolina’s anti-discrimination laws – thus allowing LGBT people protection in places of public accommodation. The new legislation, passed hastily and controversially, overrules this – and is a sweeping, extreme measure designed to discriminate against marginalized persons. We encourage a full repeal of this law.
As the Cleopatra World Tour makes its stop in NC during such a controversial time we think it is important to invest in the people and organizations that will make the state a better place. As such, we will be playing our show on September 15th at the Koka Booth Amphitheater as planned.
We believe that music is a language that connects people globally rather than a medium for close-mindedness. We all thrive in communities where we can feel safe and welcome. As a band we are against discrimination of any kind and strive to create community everywhere we go. Moreover, we have (and love!) our broad and diverse fan base, touring family, staff and circle of friends – and we want all of them to feel safe and welcome at our shows. It is for these reasons that we are doing the following on SEPT 15:
2 – We will provide gender neutral bathrooms at the Amphitheater.
3 – EqualityNC and The HRC will be on site collecting donations and passing out information on what you can do to help fight this discriminatory bill.
4 – A specialty T shirt will be on sale – the proceeds of which will go to Equality NC and The HRC.
And here’s what you can do:
– Anyone who donates more than $50 to EqualityNC will be eligible for a Meet and Greet that evening before the show.*
- Volunteer with Equality NC and The HRC.
Thanks and we’ll see you out there.
- Wesley, Neyla and Jeremiah -
* Meet and Greet and Soundcheck party will be limited to ticket holders only and subject to a limited capacity.