Bruce Springsteen cancels show in North Carolina due to recent passing of “bathroom” bill
GREENSBORO, North Carolina – Bruce Springsteen has canceled his concert in Greensboro, North Carolina on April 10 following the recent passing of HB2, also known as the “bathroom” bill.
He released the following statement on his website and his Facebook page.
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.
On March 23, North Carolina, in an emergency session, passed the the bill.
The law prevents cities from creating non-discrimination policies based on gender identity.
The measure also mandates that students in state schools use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender when they were born.
Fans who have tickets will be able to get a full refund.
His next show is next week in Columbus, Ohio.