By Hayden Wright
Ani DiFranco and Cyndi Lauper have joined musicians in objection to discriminatory new laws in the South. Over the last week, artists have taken several approaches to protesting the spate of anti-trans “bathroom bill” legislation in North Carolina and Mississippi: Bruce Springsteen canceled a performance in North Carolina, while Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace said her band’s show would go on as a form of protest.
DiFranco—who identifies as queer—will cancel her July 4 show in Durham, NC, and issued a statement explaining her decision.
“When one of us is oppressed, all of us are oppressed, and only through the strength of our collective action will change occur,” said DiFranco. “I wish to add my voice through this small action to the chorus of all of those working to make our world a more loving and accepting place.”
Lauper announced this week that all proceeds from her June 4 concert Raleigh, NC, will benefit Equality North Carolina, an organization working to secure and protect equal rights for LGBT people.