Selena Gomez is performing in North Carolina despite the state’s controversial anti-LGBT bill. But, she’s doing it for a good reason.
The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer will donate proceeds from her upcoming North Carolina concert to charity, and says she hopes “there will be a day soon when laws like HB2 won’t be a consideration.”
The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB2) law — often referred to as the “bathroom bill” — is widely perceived as being anti-LGBT. It requires that transgender people only use bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth.
“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 says in a statement, ahead of her June 7 concert at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Time Warner Cable Arena. “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. 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. 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.”
Gomez’s Revival Tour launched in Las Vegas on May 6 and continues through December with dates scheduled in North America, Europe and Asia. Proceeds from each ticket sold to the tour will benefit the Alliance for Lupus Research, a national voluntary health organization whose mission is to find better treatments and ultimately prevent lupus.
The pop princess’ latest single, “Kill Em With Kindness,” rose 22-19 on Billboard’s Pop Songs airplay chart dated June 11, and follows three No. 1 hits from the Revival album: “Good for You,” “Same Old Love” and “Hands to Myself.”