As he has done in the past, Bruce Springsteen is taking a political stance against the new anti-LGBT law in North Carolina by cancelling a concert in Greensboro.
Springsteen released a statement, saying:
As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. 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. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.As Springsteen stated, the HB2 law dictates the restroom a transgender person must use by limiting it to the sex that is on their birth certificate. It was enacted as a statewide law in reaction to a February ordinance passed in Charlotte that allowed transgender people to use the restrooms of the sex with which they identify. The state legislature enacted HB2 inoverruled and negated the Charlotte ordinance.