After some musicians canceled their North Carolina shows amid the controversy over the state's extreme anti-LGBT law HB2, Laura Jane Grace recently announced that she won't cancel Against Me!'s North Carolina show and will play it as a form of protest. Cyndi Lauper also said she would not cancel her show. Now, like Laura, she will be using it as a way of bringing awareness to LGBT rights. She's turning it into an LGBT benefit show.

In a press release, she said:

Sadly, once again, the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have been trampled on with the recent passage of HB2 in North Carolina. Me and my team at the True Colors Fund have been closely monitoring the situation in North Carolina and support the efforts of the Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina, and others to repeal HB2 in the upcoming legislative session. The pressure to repeal HB2 is building and it is beautiful.

In the dark haze of such oppression, people and companies are stepping up to fight back against this unjust law and ensure that all North Carolinians are treated with dignity and respect, especially the transgender community. I have seen time and time again what can happen when people join together to do what is fair and the effort to repeal HB2 is the right and fair thing to do. I am hopeful that all of the current efforts to repeal HB2 will be successful and the True Colors Fund and I will continue to do all that we can to help.

In that vein, the best way I know how to make a difference is what I have strived to do my whole life and that is show up for my family, friends, and fans in the LGBT community. So, for that reason I think the best way I can do my part is to turn my show in Raleigh on June 4th into an entire day to build public support to repeal HB2.

I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality North Carolina's efforts to repeal HB2 and I am proud of my manager and agent for joining me in this effort by donating their commissions from the show to this vital effort. I look forward to coming to North Carolina and standing up for equality and fairness. If we truly want an inclusive society, we all have to include ourselves in the effort to make that happen. This is the best way I know how to include myself and urge you to join me in the best way you know how.

Cyndi starts her tour with Boy George on May 9, which stops by NYC for a sold out show at Beacon Theatre on May 25.

All tour dates are listed below.


Cyndi Lauper - 2016 Tour Dates
May 9 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
May 11 Louisville, KY Palace Theatre
May 13 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall Homestead
May 14 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater
May 16 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
May 17 Cleveland, OH Hard Rock Live
May 20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun w/ Boy George
May 21 Boston, MA Wang Center w/ Boy George
May 25 New York, NY Beacon Theatre w/ Boy George
May 28 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Events Center w/ Boy George
May 29 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata w/ Boy George
Jun 1 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap Filene Center w/ Boy George
Jun 2 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
Jun 4 Raleigh, NC Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 5 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Symphony Hall
Jun 8 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Jun 9 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 11 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park Ampthitheatre
Jun 12 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater
Jul 3 Vienna, , Austria Jazz Fest Wien
Jul 6 Rome , Italy Parco Della Musica – Auditorium Cavea
Jul 7 Torino , Italy GRU Village

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