Open Letter To Dead & Co. – Do Not Play NC: Petition
Since Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 (currently known as the ‘Bathroom Bill’, officially ‘ Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act’) last month, various companies have come forward and announced their intention to no longer do business in North Carolina. Bruce Springsteen was one of the recent individuals to cancel his show in Greensboro, citing his opposition to the newly enacted law and labeling it as bigotry and prejudiced. Even PayPal revealed their cancellation of a multi-million dollar deal with the passage of such an ludicrous bill. It’s not just the entertainment industry boycotting the state — politicians have banned travel to North Carolina using the taxpayers’ money unless it’s vital to public health, safety, and welfare or law enforcement. As businesses come together, I believe Dead & Co. must show a sign of solidarity and cancel their June 10th concert as a signal to the government of North Carolina that their homophobia/transphobia will not be tolerated.
The bill’s language assures more discrimination to take place not just in public restrooms, but the workplace, housing, etc. With 18 states having passed laws that protect LGBTQ individuals — including the so-called ‘bathroom law’ — no incident has occurred. Claims of pedophiles lurking in women’s bathrooms and the argument that men would dress as women to violate them have no merit, thus making such a law ineffective and a nuisance to the taxpayers.
With such events happening, I believe you Dead & Company must follow the same route. As such, one fan has made a petition on Change.org to help bring the subject to the aforementioned touring group’s attention and to discourage them from playing in a city that practices an archaic law. Losing a night of music is nothing compared to denying basic human rights. Many fans of The Grateful Dead have taken to commenting on the petition that this is what The Dead opposed – – and insisted everyone be loved and treated the same.
Sign the petition here.