Transgender Against Me! singer to perform in N.C. as protest

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Laura Jane Grace of the band Against Me! publicly came out as transgender in 2012.

As countless musicians are boycotting gigs in North Carolina over its recent anti-LGBT law, one musician is showing up in protest.

Laura Jane Grace, the transgender founder and singer of Florida punk-rock band Against Me! said she will play her May 15 show as a protest to the “ridiculous law.”

“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,” the 35-year-old told Buzzfeed News. “They are not going to go away.”

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 — now referred to as the “bathroom bill” — back in March, which restricts trans people’s rights.

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Graceannounced she was trans in 2012. She has frequently shared that her struggles with gender dysphoria began when she was a child.

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Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! says the band’s North Carolina show must go on as a protest to the state’s anti-LGBT bathroom law.

“An attack by a transgender person against another person in a bathroom has never been documented,” she said in reference to the state’s law banning trans people from certain restrooms.

“There are more incidents of straight senators having issues in bathrooms than transgender people,” she added.

Other musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Bryan Adams have cancelled shows over its anti-LGBT laws, Grace said “visibility is more important than ever.”

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The punk rocker did commend the performers for taking stand. Musician Cyndi Lauper also decided her North Carolina show will still go on as a rally. Proceeds from the Lauper concert will be donated in order to “build public support to repeal HB2,” the 62-year-old explained.

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Against Me! will perform in North Carolina as lead singer Laura Jane Grace claims “visbility is more important than ever.”

The Against Me! show is open to all LGBT organizations and Grace has invited them to set up tables at the event and hand out information. The band will donate the proceeds from the show to the Time Out Youth center.

She added that although other artists have tried to take a stand on the issue, the transgender residents are the ones who are truly suffering.

“They live here. They pay taxes,” she said. “They are prisoners to it.”

The band’s sixth and most recent album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” features songs that tackle trans issues and discuss trans rights.

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Grace’s memoir “Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout” is due out on Nov. 15.

“I will definitely be speaking about trans rights on stage,” Grace said.

“This is all kind of happening in the moment. I’m doing what I can do and I’ll make the most of going to North Carolina.”

A spokesperson for Laura Jane Grace politely declined the Daily News’ request for comment.

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