Bruce Springsteen Canceled His North Carolina Show Due To Anti-LGBTQ Law
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:05:05
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Bruce Springsteen canceled his North Carolina show due to the state's anti-LGBTQ law. The show was set to take place April 10th, but on Friday, Springsteen announced that he would not be playing his concert in Greensboro. Springsteen and the E Street Band are currently touring behind the 2015 reissue of The River.
In a statement posted on Bruce Springsteen's website, Springsteen wrote, "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.
House Bill 2, aka the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, was passed by the North Carolina state legislature on March 23rd. Pitchfork reports, "The bill prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match the "biological sex" listed on their birth certificate. It also states that the new state law trumps any local ordinances protecting LGBTQ people and their rights—a direct retaliation to Charlotte's anti-discrimination law from February."
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