Prominent artists have canceled their North Carolina shows because of the state’s controversial LGBT law, House Bill 2, but Mumford and Sons will instead donate all the profits from its Charlotte show Thursday to a fund supporting the city’s LGBT community.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, the British band said it wanted “to take a stand with the people of North Carolina who this week are shouting loudly against intolerance, fear and discrimination.”
Last month, Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a measure that limits the legal protections local governments could establish for LGBT individuals. Earlier this week, McCrory made some changes to the law in an executive order, including extending nondiscrimination protection to state LGBT workers. But the governor’s actions have done little to placate opponents of HB2, who say more needs to be done.
Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have canceled their Greensboro and Cary shows, respectively, because they oppose HB2. Instead of canceling, Mumford and Sons is creating a charitable fund to collect all the show’s ticket profits.
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“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 organisation,” the band said in its post.
The band will play uptown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Time Warner Cable Arena.