NEW YORK: Pop star Cyndi Lauper announced this weekend she would turn an upcoming concert in North Carolina into a benefit to rally against a law that targets transgender people.
Her move came a week after rock legend Bruce Springsteen canceled a show in the southern US state to protest the law, which prevents local governments from acting to stop discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people in public facilities or restrooms.
Lauper, who is due to perform on June 4 in the state capital Raleigh, stopped short of joining the boycott but said that pressure to bring down the law “is building and it is beautiful.”
“In that vein, 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,” she said in a statement.
Lauper, best known for 1980s pop hits such as “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” has long been outspoken on gay rights. She co-founded the True Colors Fund, named after another of her songs, to help homeless LGBT young people, who have often fled home or been kicked out by their families.