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  • Slipknot Criticizes North Carolina's HB2 'Bathroom Bill' Ahead Of Concert

    Tue, 02 Aug 2016 11:34:17

    Slipknot Criticizes North Carolina's HB2 'Bathroom Bill' Ahead Of Concert -

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    Slipknot is set to play in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 2nd. Ahead of the concert, the band released a statement criticizing the state's highly controversial HB2 'Bathroom Bill' that seeks to regulate access to public restrooms for transgender individuals on the basis of the sex they were assigned at birth. The band also explained why they are playing the show despite the fact that they disagree with the law:

    "When we started this tour, we had reservations about playing in North Carolina because of a law recently passed there called HB2. The law halts the rights of LGBTQ people, doesn't allow for cities to pass a living wage for the working class.

    "We believe that regardless of who you are, or what you believe in this country — and in our own metal community — that everyone should be given access to equal opportunities they need to succeed. This law flies in the face of those values.

    "We believe that regardless of who you are, or who you love, you shouldn't have to face hatred at home or in your community. Our fans in North Carolina deserve better, so we decided not to cancel. We don't care where you pee — just please flush. It's pretty simple, really.

    "We've decided to partner with Equality NC, the LGBTQ advocacy group leading the fight against this hateful bill. You can talk to Equality NC at our show about how to get involved, and get registered to vote in NC. That way we won't have to talk about this the next time we come back there. We're coming to North Carolina to show our fans that they can make the difference needed to repeal this law and return their state to a place that welcomes everyone and values differences."

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