Slipknot are partnering with an equality group in North Carolina to fight the state's controversial anti-LGBT law ahead of their performance in Charlotte.
The heavy metal rockers have decided to continue their show in Charlotte on Tuesday (02Aug16) even though they are against the "bathroom bill" or "HB2", a law which forces transgender people to use public toilet facilities based on their birth gender rather than the gender they now identify with.
The band took to Facebook on Monday (01Aug16) to issue a lengthy statement in which they admitted they had considered cancelling the show because of the legislation, which they condemn, but decided they could make more of a difference by keeping the tour date and using it to fight the bill with the help of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) advocacy group Equality NC.
They write, "We believe that regardless of who you are, or who you love, you shouldn't have to face hatred at home or in your community. Our fans in North Carolina deserve better, so we decided not to cancel. We don't care where you pee- just please flush. It's pretty simple, really.
"We've decided to partner with Equality NC, the LGBTQ advocacy group leading the fight against this hateful bill... We're coming to North Carolina to show our fans that they can make the difference needed to repeal this law and return their state to a place that welcomes everyone and values differences."
Representatives from Equality NC will be present at the gig, which takes place at the open air PNC Music Pavilion.
Beyonce promoted the work of the group while Selena Gomez donated money to it when they performed in the state.