Singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper spoke out against a controversial North Carolina law that targets the LGBT community ahead of a concert in Raleigh.

“I was just surprised that you'd want to go back to that kind of law that would promote that much discrimination,” Lauper, a strong supporter of LGBT rights, told WRAL before her concert Saturday at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts.

House Bill 2 was approved during a one-day special session in March. It blocks cities from enacting LGBT protections and prohibits transgender people using the bathroom of their choice in government buildings, including schools.

“That's why I came here. I'm not here to preach ideology. I'm here to have people understand what the law really is. And you have to understand what transgender really is,” she said.

She met with a dozen LGBT youth in Raleigh and addressed the issue during her show.

In a statement given to, the North Carolina Republican Party criticized Lauper's position on House Bill 2.

“While Republicans are focusing on raising teacher pay and improving our growing economy, the Roy Cooper democrats and the Hollywood left continue their zealotry in favor of grown men accessing young girls locker rooms. It's bad policy and bad politics on their side,” said Dallas Woodhouse, the group's executive director.

Lauper said she is donating the proceeds from Saturday's concert to Equality NC, which is working to repeal the law.