Why Selena Gomez Isn’t Canceling Her North Carolina Concert

"[I] believe there will be a day soon when laws like HB2 won’t even be a consideration.”

Selena Gomez won’t cancel her concert in North Carolina tomorrow, but hopes to use the show to raise awareness and funds for the fight against the state’s transphobic law.

“I am fortunate to have grown up in a home where I learned from an early age that everyone should be treated equally,” the “Hands to Myself” singer said in a statement.

“I went back and forth on whether I should cancel my concert in North Carolina and ultimately I think what is right for me is to move forward with my show and donate a portion of the proceeds to Equality North Carolina and their effort to defeat this act of discrimination.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04:  Selena Gomez performs in concert at the Verizon Center on June 4, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
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Beyond making a donation, Gomez says her team is working to make sure Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena is trans-friendly.

“I’ve been reassured the venue I will be performing in has gender-neutral bathrooms as I want everyone coming to my show to be welcomed,” she added.

“I feel like my generation is the most progressive one yet and believe there will be a day soon when laws like HB2 won’t even be a consideration.”

While fellow millennial pop stars Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato canceled their shows in North Carolina after the passage of HB2, artists like Beyoncé, Mumford and Sons, and Duran Duran have kept their dates.

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