Selena Gomez says she will proceed with her scheduled North Carolina performance despite the HB2 law, but plans to donate a portion of her concert proceeds to charity.
"I am very fortunate to have grown up in a home where I learned from an early age that everyone should be treated equally," Gomez said in a statement to Billboard. "I went back and forth on whether I should cancel my concert in North Carolina and ultimately I think what is right for me is to move forward with my show and donate a portion of the proceeds to Equality North Carolina and their effort to defeat this act of discrimination."
Following the passing of North Carolina's "bathroom bill," musicians like Maroon 5, Bruce Springsteen, and Pearl Jam have canceled their North Carolina tour dates to raise support for their transgender fans and in opposition to the law. In anticipation of Gomez's June 7 concert at Charlotte, North Carolina's Time Warner Cable Arena, the songstress decided that "the show must go on."
"I've been reassured the venue I will be performing in has gender neutral bathrooms as I want everyone coming to my show to be welcomed," Gomez said. "I feel like my generation is the most progressive one yet and believe there will be a day soon when laws like HB2 won't even be a consideration."