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Death Cab for Cutie, Chvrches speak out against HB2 but will keep NC shows

The musical groups Death Cab for Cutie and Chvrches said although they oppose North Carolina’s House Bill 2, they will keep their upcoming shows in the state and instead donate all ticket profits to two LGBT rights-focused nonprofits.

Death Cab for Cutie is scheduled to play at Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium June 11, and Chvrches will play in Charlotte’s Uptown Amphitheatre June 16. In a joint statement, the two bands said the shows will benefit Freedom Center for Social Justice and Southerners on New Ground.

The two bands also said the upcoming Asheville and Charlotte shows will be their last in North Carolina as long as HB2 stands.

“This nefarious brand of bigotry is embarrassing for the state of North Carolina and has no place in this great nation,” the two bands said of HB2, which sets statewide categories of protected classes under nondiscrimination laws that exclude sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure also requires people in government facilities to use the restroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.

“We have absolutely loved playing in North Carolina over the past 17 years,” Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard said. “We sincerely hope we won't have to wait long to come back.”

Since HB2 was passed March 23, numerous bands, including Maroon 5, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, have canceled their North Carolina shows in opposition to the measure. Others, like Dave Matthews Band and Mumford and Sons, have opted to keep their shows here and instead donate to LGBT-focused nonprofit groups.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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