During a Sunday show in Durham, N.C., Against Me! frontwoman and transgender advocate Laura Jane Grace set her birth certificate on fire to protest the state's anti-queer legislation.
The so-called "bathroom bill" prohibits trans people from using bathrooms that fit their gender identity, as they must use the one that matches their birth certificates.
Grace, an openly transgender woman, smiled and waved the burning document, which has the gender she was assigned at birth.
— Kathryn (@kwymer6) May 16, 2016
According to The Washington Post, Grace told the crowd change comes through "empowering the people" through grassroots movements.
Several bands and musicians have cancelled shows in North Carolina to protest them controversial bill, but Grace announced in April that Against Me! would do no such thing.
Grace said visibility was crucial as an act of protest.
“When you feel targeted as a trans person, the natural inclination is to go into hiding," she told BuzzFeed.
"But visibility is more important than ever; to go there and have the platform of a stage to stand on and speak your mind and represent yourself.”
It was suggested to me in an interview that we might cancel our May 15th show in Durham, NC because of the states HB2 bill. Hell no! (1/2)— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) March 30, 2016
I'm even more eager to play North Carolina 'cause of the bill! Let me know if there's any activist groups that can come table the show (2/2)— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) March 30, 2016
Against Me! continues their tour until the end of June.
Watch AOL's 10-episode series, "True Trans," starring Laura Jane Grace here.
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