Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Anti-LGBT Law
Bruce Springsteen announced on Friday he’s canceling his April 10 concert in Greensboro, North Carolina because the state passed the HB2 law that requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificates.
The state’s law, which is officially billed as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also prevents cities and counties in North Carolina from passing their own anti-discrimination laws to help support the LGBT community. In an official statement posted on his website, Springsteen makes note of the aforementioned mandates, and adds, “Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace.”
The singer expresses, “No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress.” Springsteen goes on to point out that many businesses and individuals in North Carolina are opposed to the HB2 law, and are working to have it eradicated. “I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters,” says the rocker.
Springsteen also sends his “deepest apologies to our dedicated fans” who bought tickets to the show, but insists that “some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry is one of them.” Springsteen concludes that canceling his concert is “the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.” Those who purchased tickets to the singer’s now-canceled North Carolina show will be issued full refunds.