Durham's Moogfest takes stance against HB2

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The music and technology festival comes out against HB2.

Like many artists and shows planned in North Carolina, this year's Moogfest has taken a very public stand against House Bill 2.


In the past few months, big names such as Bruce Springsteen have canceled concerts in North Carolina, citing HB2. Many artists agree with in-state opponents that the law discriminates against the LGBT community and people in the workplace.

Spokespersons with Moogfest said there was never any question whether the artists would participate in the festival this year in Durham. They say this year, 300 artists are scheduled to perform and 25,000 people are expected to attend.

One organizer did point out though, that they had many artists reach out, asking exactly how they should participate.

So far, dozens of those artists have signed a statement pledging to use their platform to fight HB2:
"We will use the podium, the stage, and the dancefloor to manifest a world of inclusivity and compassion," the statement reads. "We will surface these ideas because they are essential ingredients for creativity, innovation and discovery. We are standing our ground in North Carolina."

Festival organizers released their own statement immediately after HB2 became law in March:

"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."

The festival also launched anti-HB2 actions with a small forum outside of the DCC Plaza on West Morgan Street. They welcomed artists and anyone from the community.

"We absolutely need the pressure that comes from the monetary loss from Springsteen or other boycotts, but we need that galvanizing spirit and the energy that comes from staying and talking about it and digging into the heart of the issues," said Helena Cragg from the LBGTQ Center in Durham.

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Moogfest comes to Durham

Moogfest also unveiled a specialty T-shirt that reads "Synthesize Love." The T-shirt will be sold at Urban Outfitters. Proceeds will be donated to non-profit groups working to overturn HB2.

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