Boycott over LGBT law impacts more than just the music fans

I can’t say I’m really bothered by this. People only tend to respond to things like this when their money is being taken away. If you don’t want your livelihood affected, perhaps you should become a bit more political and take a stand. If your stand is with your governor, then perhaps you should find a different line of work. If it’s not with him, perhaps you need to make it clear that HE is the reason all this is happening. The artists have a right to withdraw from any scheduled concert, whether you like it or not.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Stagehand Kery Eller doesn’t own any Bruce Springsteen albums, but he would smash them if he did.

Eller says he expected to earn at least $3,000 working the sold-out Springsteen concert and other high-profile shows around the state before artists canceled the events in protest over North Carolina’s new LGBT law.

Eller and about 100 members of the local union of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees are among the many workers and businesses caught in the crossfire of the national debate over LGBT rights and feeling the economic shockwaves from the growing number of canceled shows. Hotels, restaurants, bars and even community groups who work arena concession stands say they are suffering from the boycott.

“It’s my livelihood; it’s where I make my money,” Eller said. “It’s not just hurting the entertainment industry. It’s hurting our state overall, period. And I’m not talking politically at all.”

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