Transgender Opera at the NC Capitol

$3,800 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 41 months

We are Leo Hurley and Charles Osborne, alumni of NC School of the Arts. In light of the recent passage of HB 2, enshrining transgender and LGBT discrimination in North Carolina, we fear we can no longer stand by.

We have received special permission to present The Body Politic, our opera about trans and Muslim discrimination, at the NC General Assembly on May 19th, the very building where HB 2 passed.

We will invite every member of the NC House and Senate to the show, so that we might use our art to start a dialogue about the trans community in North Carolina.

We need your help to get there!

The Body Politic follows Iphis, a transgender man from Afghanistan who emigrates to Chapel Hill, North Carolina during the Afghan War, only to uncover a world of prejudice. The Body Politic, commissioned by Juventas New Music Ensemble, is premiering in Boston May 5-7 at the Boston Center for the Arts. Tickets/Info: 

Your support will pay for opera singers, a conductor, a pianist, a stage director, costumes, props, housing,
 transportation, rehearsal spaces, printing, and other expenses. 

The more we raise, the further we go! With your support, we could produce a fully-staged version of The Body Politic, live-stream the event, or tour the concert around NC!

North Carolina is our home. The bigotry enshrined by the General Assembly saddens and confuses us. It is not reflective of the NC we know, and the NC we wish to see. It is our duty as citizen-artists to use our voices to make a difference in the world. With your help, we can make that difference at the North Carolina General Assembly, through music and art.

We cannot thank you enough for your support. This may be the most important performance of our lives. Together, we can turn the tide of hatred in North Carolina.

Follow us online at and be sure to join us May 19th at the NC General Assembly in Raleigh!
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Not only have we reached our goal, we've exceeded our goal!

Thank you so much to all of our supporters in bringing The Body Politic to the NC Legislature. We hope you will be able to join us May 19th at 3pm in Raleigh! The event is free and open to the public.

Please continue to share our story with your friends!

We are already in talks to bring the show to other venues across the state to continue the work of fighting trans discrimination in North Carolina. Additional funds will be used towards this goal!

If you are able to join us, please let us know!

The Body Politic
Thursday, May 19th, 3pm
North Carolina General Assembly
Auditorium (3rd Floor)
16 W. Jones St, Raleigh, NC, 27601
90 min, free and open to the public

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all!!

Charles and Leo
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We're over a third of the way to the NC General Assembly! Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far. Your support means more than we can say.

As a small show of gratitude, we will be making a video that thanks each of you individually for your help. If you would like to remain anonymous, just shoot us a message. Stay tuned to our campaign, because the fun is just beginning!

Charles and Leo
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Raised by 56 people in 41 months
Created March 27, 2016
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Julie+Richard Hurley
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Karen Daniels
39 months ago

Looking forward to the performance on Thursday -- thanks for bringing this message to NC!

Peggy Tabony
39 months ago

We are so grateful you chose to move the production here in Raleigh for a showing. Best of luck!

Jim Smith
39 months ago
Dolly Butler
39 months ago

No gold level gifts please

Laura Brown
40 months ago
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