Aesop Rock has announced that he will be donating all funds raised from his concerts in North Carolina to Equality NC, a voice for the LGBT community of the state.
The announcement comes following the newly-passed HB2 Law which prevents transgender people from using bathrooms of the gender with which they identify.
The news comes in light of recent cancellations of concerts in the state by numerous artists out of protest, including stops by and Beyonce, whilst Father John Misty and Against Me! have confirmed they will be playing in the state in spite of the laws.
“The discriminatory HB2 law is shameful. We felt that canceling[sic] the show outright would not represent our fan base who also stand against such injustices, and hope that by contributing to the fight locally we can do our small part in a much larger mission” stated Rock.
The announcement has been backed by Aesop’s fans on Twitter, with many people applauding the classy two-pronged approach to the issue.
@AesopRockWins this is how all the artists should have reacted
— jackson grigsby (@Jackgrigs97) May 2, 2016
— Bell Ambiv Devoe (@ambivalentricky) May 2, 2016
@AesopRockWins This nearly brought a tear to my eye, you're the shit Aes!
— Matt (@mynameismathu) May 2, 2016
Aesop joins a growing list of public figures from a diverse range of fields speaking out against the laws, including actors Anne Hathaway and Seth McFarlane, TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and executives on behalf of Apple, Facebook and the Bank of America.
Aesop dropped his 7th album The Impossible Kid last week, which was accompanied by a movie.
The Impossible Kid Tour will run through the States until mid July, with two dates in NC.