Opera at the legislature? LGBT law brings vocal message

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Posted: May 19, 2016 6:28 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The conflict over North Carolina's new law about LGBT rights and restrooms used by transgender people led the authors of an opera to hold a performance inside the building where the law got approved.

Several dozen people attended a concert Thursday in the Legislative Building for a version of "The Body Politic," which premiered this month in Boston. The lead character is a transgender man who moves from Afghanistan to North Carolina and encounters a diverse array of people.

Writers Leo Hurley and Charles Osborne attended college in North Carolina and decided the opera's message of breaking down barriers was something legislators needed to hear. They invited all of them but only one legislator attended. Lawmakers had completed their work for the week hours before.