Hunter Schafer, a transgender woman and student at the UNC School of the Arts high school in Winston-Salem, joined the lawsuit on Thursday involving the American Civil Liberties Union, Equality NC and Lambda Legal.
Lauren Whitaker, a spokesperson for the UNC School of the Arts, said in an email that the law has greatly impacted its students and their interests in the arts and entertainment — and has caused the cancellations of shows by Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Star and Cirque du Soleil.
“Canceled concerts and events and film projects relocated from North Carolina mean fewer job opportunities for students and alumni who routinely work behind the scenes,” Whitaker said in an email. “Anyone who thinks these projects and events are inconsequential should consider that the creative economy contributes $40 billion to the N.C. economy.”
Barbara Fedders, a UNC law professor, said it is possible for the lawsuit to win an injunction that would block House Bill 2’s effects in public schools within the next month.