Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh Pledges to Fight North Carolina Anti-LGBT Law
RALEIGH, N.C. — American singer-songwriter and former Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh announced he will give a portion of the proceeds from two upcoming shows in North Carolina to the American Civil Liberties Union to support its lawsuit fighting the state’s anti-LGBT law. The law, House Bill 2, removes protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
Net profits from Walsh’s June 30 show (with Bad Company) in Charlotte and August 9 solo show in Raleigh will also go to Equality North Carolina. Both groups will be on site at the show to engage with attendees.
ACLU of North Carolina Policy Director Sarah Preston said the following in response:
“Now more than ever it’s important that we stand together to uplift LGBT people and to fight measures that threaten to harm us. Joe Walsh is using his music and his influence to demand equality and justice for all who are LGBT, and we couldn’t be more grateful for his courage and his generosity. Defeating dangerous legislation like North Carolina’s House Bill 2 takes bold action and sustained commitment. And that’s just what he’s bringing to this fight.”
In March, the ACLU, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of LGBT clients in North Carolina who have been targeted by this discriminatory law.
Joe Walsh’s statement about House Bill 2 can be found here:
More on the ACLU’s case fighting House Bill 2 can be found here:
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