Moog Music today posted a statement on their site, objecting to North Carolina HB2 (pdf), a new law that overrides local laws banning discrimination against members of the LGBT community; and limiting anti-discrimination law to ‘biological sex’, eliminating protection for transgender people:
Friends of Moog Music,
North Carolina has been home to Moog since 1978. We treasure the community we live and work in, however we strongly object to House Bill 2, which sanctions discrimination against members of our family.
As an employee-owned company, we are a group of wonderfully diverse individuals who share a passion for designing inspirational tools. Bob Moog believed, as do we, that the most beautiful and innovative solutions evolve from harnessing the collective power of divergent ideas and perspectives. Exclusion limits our path to progress and denies our living connection to each other.
The Moog factory and Moogfest are, and always will be, safe and inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ community and their allies.
Moogfest also posted a statement on the new law:
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.
Follow and share the story on social media #WeAreNotThis #HB2 #NC
Support the work of our allies at the ACLU of North Carolina
Sign Equality NC’s petition
Your friends at Moogfest
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