Cyndi Lauper won't join the likes of pro-LGBT musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Bryan Adams, who cancel upcoming North Carolina concerts. The pop icon said she will hold her June date in Raleigh. Instead of cancelling, Lauper—a recognized LGBT advocate—will donate the profits to Equality North Carolina, an organization determined to overturn HB2.
In an offical statement reported by Billboard, Lauper clarified her decision to perform:
"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."
The "True Colors" singer added:
"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.”
In 2008, Lauper founded the True Colors Fund, an organization intent on ending LGBT homelessness at the local, state, and national levels. As a highly visible champion of LGBT rights, Lauper hopes to use her appearance in North Carolina to build support to repeal HB2, and raise funds to do so.
Days earlier, on April 11, Lauper and her Kinky Boots collaborator Harvey Fierstein received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Girl, we just want to have fun!