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Ex-Grateful Dead Members to Play NC Show to Boost Transgender Rights

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By    |   Thursday, 02 Jun 2016 07:13 PM

The band Dead & Company, comprised of three former members of the Grateful Dead, said Thursday it will play a show in North Carolina and donate money to groups that support equal rights for transgender people.

The band posted a statement on its Facebook page in response to the state's law that forces transgenders to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that match the gender they were born with.

"This March, when North Carolina lawmakers passed HB2 and Governor Pat McCrory signed it into law, we categorically objected to it. We had hoped that by now this abhorrent law would have been repealed. Sadly, it has not," the statement reads.

"After much thought, consideration and conversation, we feel the most effective way to move forward is to perform as scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 10 and to donate $100,000.00 to organizations engaged in this battle for justice — the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina."

Ex-Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann are in the band, along with three other musicians: John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti.

"Additionally, we will assemble a 'Participation Row' social action area, where we'll host local organizations fighting discrimination and national organizations dedicated to voter registration and protecting the planet," the statement reads. "Every fan in attendance will have an opportunity to learn about the true ramifications of the HB2 law, and take meaningful action by registering to vote; to that end we are working on an online community registration site that will assist the HeadCount organization in promoting and simplifying voter registration.

"Dead shows have always been a safe place for all of our audience to come together through music no matter how they appear or self-identify. History shows these values of openness and inclusiveness have served us — and the world around us — well.

"We've never been a band that's spoken many words when we're on stage. But we hope that our actions, and the actions of our fans, will ring louder than ever before."

Several other bands have canceled shows in North Carolina to protest the law, including Pearl Jam, Boston, and Bruce Springsteen. 

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The band Dead & Company, comprised of three former members of the Grateful Dead, said Thursday it will play a show in North Carolina and donate money to groups that support equal rights for transgender people.
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