Artists and Musicians Standing Against HB2

I'm trying to round up an ongoing list of artists and musicians that have taken a public stand against HB2. I'll try to keep this updated as they pop up. Feel free to mention any in the comments that I missed.

Bands and Musicians

Stand Against HB2 - Several bands
Haw River Ballroom Fundraiser for Equality NC (May 15th)

Moogfest Patterning Against HB2 (actions include a forum on HB2, partnering with EqualityNC to register voters, t-shirt sales to benefit the fight against the law, 5/11/16)

NPR online article about reactions of local musicians to HB2 (5/6/16)

Weird Al Yankovic (appearing in NC; statement against HB2 on his Facebook page; donating proceeds from concert to the Human Rights Campaign, 6/6/16)

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (on-stage demonstration against NC anti-gay laws, 5/29/16)

Dave Matthews Band (appearing, donating to American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal, the ACLU of North Carolina, Equality NC and Time Out Youth, 5/24/16)

Maroon 5 (cancelled NC shows, 5/20/16)

Violinist Itzhak Perlman (cancels NC concert, calls HB2 "discriminatory") (5/17/16)

The Lumineers (appearing; donating to LGBT charity and Equality NC will be on-site to inform about fighting HB2, 5/17/16)

Elton John (blasts McCrory "for lack of compassion" and wasting money defending HB2) (5/17/16)

Trans Singer Burns Birth Certificate at NC Concert (Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace at a Durham NC concert, 5/16/16)

Sweet Honey in the Rock
(protesting HB2 during performances in NC, 5/15/16)

(5/4/16; appearing; issued statement against HB2 and urged support and involvement with EqualityNC)

Pearl Jam (cancelled)

Boston (cancelled)

Mumford and Sons
(appearing; statement against HB2, donating to LGBT charity)

Gregg Allman
(appeared; statement against HB2)

Ringo Starr (cancelled)

Bruce Springsteen (cancelled)
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt spoke out against HB2 at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductions

Jimmy Buffet
(appearing, but not doing future performances; spoke out against HB2)

Duran Duran
(appeared; signed HB2 petition and donated to LGBT charity)

Cyndi Lauper
(appearing, donating proceeds to LGBT charity)

Ani DiFranco (cancelled)

98 Degrees (cancelled, 4/27/16)

Nick Jonas (cancelled, 4/25/16)

Demi Lovato (cancelled, 4/25/16)

Father John Misty (appearing; making donation to LGBT charity; made strong statement against HB2 in Rolling Stone)

Henry Rollins (op-ed in LA Weekly slamming McCrory and HB2)

Rhiannon Giddens
(appearing; statements against HB2)

Against Me! and lead singer Laura Jane Grace (appearing; statements against HB2; singer is transgender)

Brandi Carlile
(appearing; statements against HB2; country singer that is openly gay)


Louis CK
(performed, donated to LGBT charity)

Joel McHale
(performed; donated to LGBT charity)


Broadway Voices for NC, New York performance by over a dozen NC Broadway performers to fight HB2 scheduled for 6/13 (6/3/2016)

Indiegogo fundraiser for "Measure for Measure", an adaptation of the Shakespeare play as a statement against HB2 (5/17/16)

UNC School of the Arts Grads Bring Performance of Their Transgender Opera for Free Performance at the NC Legislature (5/13/16)

Kristin Chenoweth
(actress from 'Wicked', Christian and Southern Baptist, will be performing and donating proceeds to charity, 5/13/16)

Shakina Nayfack
(transgender performer will be doing a "bathroom tour" of NC, demonstrating how to use a urinal and putting her experiences on social media, in conjunction with staging her one-woman rock musical based on her experiences, 5/7/16)

"West Side Story"
(the rights holders of this musical have informed their licensing agency, MTI, that it cannot be licensed for performance in NC or Mississippi until further notice, 4/29/2016)

(the authors of this popular musical have withdrawn performance rights for NC and Mississippi, 4/30/2016)

Blue Man Group
(cancelled shows in Charlotte, 4/22/16)

Stephen Schwartz
(composer of 'Wicked', 'Godspel'; not allowing listening of performances of his work in NC)

Cirque du Soleil (cancelled)


Malaprop's bookstore having May 18 anti-HB2 benefit, Kill the Bill with appearance by "Cold Mountain author, Charles Frazier (5/10/2016)

Sherman Alexie (canceled appearance in Asheville, 4/17/2016)

David Sederis (appearing, donating speakers fees to Equality NC)

John Russell (Raleigh author; came out against HB2 in N&O op-ed)


Eric Shiner, Director, Andy Warhol Museum
(cancelled UNC visit)



Add Raleigh author John

Add Raleigh author John Russell to the list. He wrote an op ed in the N & O (Republican Zombies) a couple of days ago.

I'm a moderate Democrat.