Last week, North Carolina passed a new state law called House Bill 2. This law specifically declares that all transgender individuals much use public facilities of the sex that is listed on their birth certificate. It also allows for the state to overrule any law that protects the rights of the LGBTQ community. As this law basically allows for discrimination, there has been a huge backlash from the general public who oppose the ruling.
In steps Moog and Moogfest, the company and music festival that's based in North Carolina. Organizers of the festival have penned an open letter in opposition to the bill, saying they "adamantly oppose this law, and any laws that enable or encourage exclusion and bigotry."
You can read Moogfest's letter in full below:
To our global community of artists, technologists, and future-thinkers.
We are stunned by the news this week, and we invite you to join us in opposing regressive, unjust discrimination of all kinds. House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, passed on Wednesday by North Carolina's legislature and signed into law by the governor, eliminates anti-discrimination protections for all lesbians, gays and bisexuals and bars transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the gender they were born with.
Moogfest is proud of its home in Durham, its heritage in Asheville, and our friends throughout the state of North Carolina. But we adamantly oppose this law, and any laws that enable or encourage exclusion and bigotry.
Moogfest is dedicated to the legacy of Bob Moog, an engineer who partnered with artists to create new technological tools for creative expression. It was Bob's lifelong belief that true innovation comes through collaboration, not exclusion. Moogfest offers an inclusive environment where all people come together to explore big ideas for the future. We value diversity, self-expression and experimentation above all else. This discriminatory law not only runs counter to the basic principles of equality, fairness, and justice – it is a direct affront to our principled mission.
We will have spaces dedicated to education and dialogue around these issues and we will take every step possible to ensure that Moogfest remains a safe and welcoming space for all festival-goers, especially the many LGBTQ artists and speakers joining us this year.
We invite all fans of Moogfest to join us. We are standing our ground in North Carolina, and will use every opportunity to protest this law – on the stage, in the streets, and on social media.
Your friends at Moogfest