Father John Misty Will Donate North Carolina Concert Proceeds to LGBT Nonprofit
Father John Misty is the latest artist to take action against North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2.
Josh Tillman is scheduled to play a concert at the Fillmore Charlotte on April 27, and while the singer will go forward with the show, he plans to donate proceeds to the local LGBT nonprofit Time Out Youth. In a statement to Rolling Stone, Tillman called the law, which forces transgender individuals to use bathrooms assigned to the sex printed on their birth certificates, “bulls---”:
The bill is obviously bulls---. [If] I thought playing a show for my fans in North Carolina was in any way some tacit endorsement of this fearful, petty, ignorant nonsense, I wouldn’t. I also play states that have oppressive drug laws designed to imprison the disenfranchised, rig elections, deny women their dignity, defend the reckless and insane practice of selling guns and sustain a permanent underclass with hypocritical, opportunist readings of archaic documents written by land-stealers who never intended political privilege to extend past their buddies. These are obviously all huge systemic problems. But for me, this show represents a start in investing in the plight of other Americans.
Tillman follows in the footsteps of bands like Against Me! and Mumford and Sons, who have also partnered with LGBT organizations for their North Carolina shows. Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have canceled concerts in the state in response to the law.
Tillman's tour continues tonight (April 20) in Toronto. In addition to playing the show in Charlotte, N.C., he has stops planned through the beginning of September. Check out his itinerary at the Sub Pop website.