Dolly Parton Won’t Be Canceling Her North Carolina Concert
Signed in March by Gov. Pat McCrory, North Carolina's Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (aka, HB2) dictates that people must use the bathrooms that match the sex indicated on their birth certificates; opponents of the law argue that it’s discriminatory toward the transgender and LGTBQ communities. Numerous artists have canceled scheduled concerts in light of the law, but Parton will not be one of them.
“I have no plans to cancel the show,” Parton tells the Winston-Salem Journal. “I believe that everybody ought to be treated with respect, but I feel we will serve better from the stage. I don’t like to get caught up in controversial issues. I will address whatever I need to from the stage.”
Parton has long voiced her support for gay rights at her LGBTQ fan base. In 2014, she told Billboard, "I completely love and accept them, as I do all people."
"I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don’t think we should be judgmental. Lord, I’ve got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else," Parton says, adding, "If people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody.”
Parton's show in Greensboro is scheduled for June 3, at the city's Greensboro Coliseum.
Cyndi Lauper has confirmed her own plans to play in Raleigh, N.C., the following day (June 4), in support of her upcoming country project, Detour. She has turned the concert into a benefit for Equality North Carolina. Brandi Carlile, too, will continue with her planned concerts in the Tar Heel State, to give her fans a chance to “come together, let our voices be heard, not stand down and make a joyful noise in the face of this insult of a law.” Proceeds from her show will, through her Looking Out Foundation, be donated to the ACLU Foundation of North Carolina; she’ll also invite “several grassroots organizations” to be part of the events.
The State of Tennessee is also looking to pass similar legislation. Currently known as HB 2414 and SB 2387, these measures would force transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identities. Emmylou Harris, Chely Wright, Ty Herndon and others have denounced the proposed laws.
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