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Against Me!'s Trans Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace Explains Why She Went Through With Her North Carolina Concert

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This is Laura Jane Great!

Against Me! is one of the most popular bands in punk rock, and they just so happen to have a transgender woman as their lead singer.

While that fact doesn't usually factor in when they're deciding on tour dates, the current anti-transgender attitude in North Carolina forced Laura Jane Grace to actively think about performing in the state.

Video: Cyndi Lauper Explains Her Decision To Not Cancel NC Concerts

Most LGBT-friendly musicians have cancelled their NC concerts due to Gov. Pat McCrory's bigoted bathroom bill, but Laura actually went the opposite route when deciding what was best for her trans fans.

The 35-year-old singer has been an out transwoman for four years now, so instead of backing out of her show, Against Me! took to the stage in Durham on May 15 where Laura burned her birth certificate onstage!

Now, two weeks later, the trans activist spoke to Vulture about her controversial decision, saying:

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Dave Matthews Band Will Not Cancel North Carolina Shows — Find Out The Charitable Reason!

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The show must go on.

While most of Hollywood has pulled out of performing in North Carolina due to the state's controversial anti-transgender bathroom laws, one iconic group has a different idea.

Dave Matthews Band announced on Monday that they will be keeping a concert at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte on May 27 as scheduled, but will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities.

Video: Cyndi Lauper Won't Be Canceling On North Carolina Either

The Virginia-based band issued a statement letting fans know of their intent to play, but did not want to come across as uncharitable, saying:

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Maroon 5 Cancels North Carolina Shows Over Anti-LGBT Bill!

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This law has taken its toll…

Now you can add Maroon 5 to the seemingly endless list of bands that's taking a stand against anti-LGBT laws!

The Adam Levine-fronted rock group announced on Friday morning that they have decided to cancel two upcoming concerts in North Carolina in direct response to the controversial and bigoted transgender bathroom bill the state signed into law in March.

Related: Pearl Jam Also Cancelled A Concert In North Carolina!

The group took to Facebook with their announcement (below), revealing what they thought about the dangerous and absurd House Bill 2 that outlaws transgender public bathroom use:

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Elton John Goes In On North Carolina For Their Discriminatory & Dangerous 'Brand Of Ignorance' Over House Bill 2!

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Preach it, E!

Elton John is arguably the most famous gay musician in the world, so it's about time for him to officially speak out against Gov. Pat McCrory and his beyond bigoted House Bill 2.

Luckily, the 69-year-old AIDS ambassador did just that in an open letter to North Carolina through The Hill on Tuesday where he not only defended his LGBT peers, but also offered suggestions on how to move forward!

Video: Attorney General Loretta Lynch Comes Out Against North Carolina

In his essay, the Can You Feel the Love Tonight singer first pointed out how discriminatory and dangerous the laws truly are, saying:

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Takes North Carolina To School On LGBT Civil Rights, Announces Lawsuit Over 'State-Sponsored Discrimination'!

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She's not playing around!

As you may have heard, Gov. Pat McCrory cemented his place on the wrong side of history on Monday when he decided to sue the Department of Justice for trying to make him publicly repeal House Bill 2.

The Republican North Carolina Governor infamously passed the bill back in March, which made it so transgender individuals were forced to use the bathroom to which they were assigned at birth, as opposed to the gender to which they currently identify, and has so far failed to apologize by his 5 p.m. EST deadline.

Related: Nick Jonas Explains Tough Decision To Cancel Shows In NC

While most Americans were smart enough to realize this was obviously a discriminatory law almost as soon as it was announced, Pat thought he'd be able to get away with suing the country for "baseless and blatant overreach" of their power…

Luckily, Attorney General Loretta Lynch was not about to give McCrory the upper hand, so she herself filed a lawsuit against North Carolina for going against the nation's laws on Monday!

In a press conference held less than an hour before NC's LGBT deadline, Loretta condemned Pat and the rest of the State for implementing such a bigoted bill, even comparing it to Jim Crow laws and Brown v Board Of Education!

She said:

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North Carolina Governor Files Lawsuit Against Federal Government Hours Before Anti-LGBT Law Deadline!

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This man needs to get impeached, like now!

Gov. Pat McCrory was already slated to go down in history as one of the biggest opponents to modern civil rights, but he pretty much solidified that fact on Monday.

That's because the North Carolina governor just filed a lawsuit against the federal government hours before his deadline to repeal his bigoted House Bill 2!

Related: Nick Jonas Explains Tough Decision To Cancel Shows In NC

Apparently, the Republican politician still doesn't understand why his "common sense" law is discriminatory and now wants the White House to officially rule one way or the other.

Before filing the lawsuit Monday morning, Pat made his intentions clear on FOX News Sunday, saying:

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Nick Jonas Tells Ellen DeGeneres He's Single — And Then Talks About Going Out With Kate Hudson — Watch!

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There's no doubt that Nick Jonas is on fire right now after dropping hit songs and appearing on successful TV shows in the last year.

Well after looking quite dapper at the Met Gala, the Jonas brother decided to stop by Ellen DeGeneres' talk show to chat it up with the comedienne about everything he's been doing and his upcoming tour!

Related: Nick Explains The 'Tough Situation' Of Canceling Concerts In North Carolina!

Of course with all the attention the singer's been getting lately, the talk show host HAD to ask about his dating life and those Kate Hudson rumors to which Nick swore he is "single." Suuuure!

Ch-ch-check out the littlest Jonas brother on Ellen as he dishes about living with Joe Jonas, the Gala, and of course trying to dodge those questions about Kate (below)!

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