Moogfest 2017 Announces Protest Stage in Response to Trump Travel Ban & N.C. House Bill

Wayne Coyne performs with The Flaming Lips during Moogfest 2011 at the Animoog Playground on Oct. 29, 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina.
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Wayne Coyne performs with The Flaming Lips during Moogfest 2011 at the Animoog Playground on Oct. 29, 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina. 

In March of 2016, North Carolina passed the HB2 law, famous around the country as the “bathroom bill” for its language requiring transgender individuals to use the bathroom that matches their legal identification, not their gender identity. It also reversed some rights extensions for the LGBTQ community, removed the right to sue for discrimination, and stripped local governments of their ability to set minimum wages.

The music, art, and technology festival Moogfest protested the law with special workshops and speakers, as well as declaring itself a safe space for people of all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, and backgrounds. In 2017, Moogfest continues its path of resistance with a new Protest Stage, citing President's Donald Trump's travel ban affecting citizens and refugees of seven Muslim-majority nations, as well as laws similar to North Carolina's HB2 currently being pushed in Texas and Kansas as things its stands against.

Artists for the Protest Stage will be announced in the days to come. Moogfest encourages fans to write North Carolina's politicians against HB2, as well as to donate time and money to their local ACLUs. Protest is a theme the fest will keep alive throughout the four-day festival, May 18 to 21, with various workshops, installations, masterclasses, and more. For more information, Moogfest asks fans to sign up for their newsletter online.

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