In protest of North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT House Bill 2, band Mumford and Sons pledged to donate all the proceeds from their April 14 concert in Charlotte to a local LGBT charity.
Mumford and Sons joins a growing group of musicians showing support for the LGBT community in the face of sweeping anti-LGBT legislation through the South.
The law they’re protesting, North Carolina’s House Bill 2, seeks to block transgender people from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity and to bar local governments from installing protective anti-discrimination ordinances.
“As a band that relishes welcoming everyone to our shows and promoting tolerance, we do want to take a stand with the people of North Carolina who this week are shouting loudly against intolerance, fear and discrimination,” the band wrote on their Facebook page.
Though this stand didn’t involve cancelling their show, like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr in North Carolina and Bryan Adams in Mississippi, Mumford and Sons hopes that their plan to donate the earnings from their performance to a local LGBT effort will help the band to truly engage with the community.
“Over the years we’ve looked for ways to contribute to the vitality of local communities and, in that spirit, we’re now creating a charitable fund to support those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice,” the Facebook post continues.
“We will be donating all of our profits from this show to this new fund. And we will start by making a donation from it to a local LGBTQ organization.”
Check out the full statement below!
h/t: Rolling Stone