Transgender Singer Who Burned Her Birth Certificate Proves It's Just A Piece Of Paper After All

Now that's how you make a statement.

A transgender singer protested North Carolina's controversial bathroom bill by burning her birth certificate at a concert on Sunday.

In March, North Carolina passed House Bill 2, which forces people to use only the public restroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificates.

While other musicians canceled their North Carolina shows to fight the law, Laura Jane Grace and her band, Against Me!, kept their May 15 concert in Durham as a form of protest. Grace came out as transgender in 2012.

"I'm going to create an event around the show as a form of protest to say that despite whatever stupid laws they enact, trans people are not going to be scared," Grace told BuzzFeed. "They are not going to go away."

During the concert, Grace fought back against the law by burning her birth certificate and saying, "Goodbye, gender."


"The way you effect change is by empowering the grassroots movement," Grace told the cheering crowd. "By empowering the people."

Fans on Twitter praised Grace with the hashtag #GenderIsOver.


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