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Joe Walsh message to his fans about playing in North Carolina:

Posted May 25 2016 by User

I have a few shows coming up in North Carolina: June 30th in Charlotte at the PNC Pavilion on my tour with Bad Company and August 9th in Raleigh at the Red Hat Amphitheater as part of my solo run. North Carolina has been in the news lately because of the new legislation passed (HB-2) that dictates which bathrooms transgender individuals are to use and overrules LGBT anti-discrimination measures passed by local governments in the state of North Carolina. It also deprives the rights of LGBT persons to fight back when their rights are denied in the workplace.

This legislation is deeply disconcerting and offensive to me and it hits close to home because, in addition to my diverse friends and peers from all walks of life, I have a gay stepson of whom I am very proud and that this legislation would directly affect. Because I am against discrimination of any kind, I encourage a full repeal of this law.

I believe that music is a language that connects people – without bias – and that my shows are a place where all are welcome and all can feel safe. This is why I have chosen to proceed with concert dates as planned in North Carolina and will be donating my net profits to Equality NC and the ACLU. Both of these organizations will be on site at my show passing out information and collecting donations. You can also find links to their pages on my website where you can get more information or make a donation. Please consider contributing to these organizations who are working to repeal HB-2 and join me in coming together to protect equal rights for everyone including our LGBT children today and for years to come.

With gratitude and love,

Joe Walsh

Learn More:

Equality North Carolina

American Civil Liberties Union

  1. On May 25 2016, Laurasdad said:

    Joe, HB2 changed nothing that did not already exist in N.C., and indeed in 30+ other states. Transgenders could not use women's bathrooms when you've performed here in the past. HB2 was about one city's unlawfully ignoring existing laws. You may not be aware, but the number of known sexual offenders exceeds the number of transgenders in America by quite a bit. Every other time a woman encounters a man in a women's bathroom, he is a predator. HB2 is intended to prevent predators from using gender as a way to access women's bathrooms. Our citizens demand to be protected from predators. The LGBT community should be backing HB2, if they are concerned about anyone other than themselves. There is little evidence that they are, so 99.7% of us must stand up for our own rights.

  2. On May 25 2016, mellowme said:

    Joe, I respect your commitment to your fans and to your step son. I do have a problem with LGBT being all lumped into one bag. There is a big difference between a gay person being denied rights to work, rent an apartment, etc etc and a person with confused sexual identification be it real, imagined, or invented, sharing a bathroom or locker room with my Grand Daughter. Keep it honest, Many of us are watching..

  3. On May 25 2016, ndmbm said:

    I love your music, but Joe you've played in Charlotte before; I watched an amazing performance with you and a couple other guys not so long ago. You are indeed a great musician and entertainer. This is an important issue that needs resolution but it's the job of the elected officials to work it out - and they will, after which citizens can vote their conscious. I respect your decision to play the venue, but in my opinion, entertainers who abandon their NC fans are the lowest of the low. If they choose not to play NC, do they also research every single venue for policies they disagree with and make decisions accordingly? Thanks for allowing comments, this opinion reflects only my own.

  4. On May 25 2016, Randy56 said:

    Well played - thanks for keeping the shows in NC (I as well as many other of your long time fans have been waiting for you) and using it to hopefully bring greater awareness and understanding to this issue. HB2 is highly discriminatory, not just to the trans and lgbt communities, but to all workers and citizens of NC. And thanks for using your celebrity in the many charitable causes you contribute to such as addiction awareness - and the music of course. Looking forward to one hell of a night - analog lives!

  5. On May 25 2016, TobyS said:

    Thank you, Joe. It's levelheaded thinking like yours that we need more of. If we had that, to begin with, we in the state of North Carolina would not be in the unsavory position we, hopefully, temporarily find ourselves in. I can find sense in the arguments of both sides of the debate, but it would seem that the views of only one side have made it into legislation. That's never a good plan or result, With luck, more celebrities of great influence will decide not to put we, their loyal and adoring fans, in the crossfire, but instead launch a high-profile and enduring campaign for equality, as you have done by making this decision. You go, Joe! We love you, man. I'm off to drink a little smoker...

  6. On May 25 2016, Jason Didner said:

    Well played, sir! A full boycott (as you did earlier) sends a message to big businesses that these laws hurt their bottom line and motivates businesses to put pressure on lawmakers to change course. Performing the show, donating profits to the cause and having LGBT rights leaders present helps mobilize voters to pressure lawmakers and possibly vote out ones who supported this bad bill. There's no right/wrong answer as to how best to take action against prejudice. This all-of-the-above approach makes sense. I'm proud to share your hometown of Montclair, NJ!

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