Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Show Over Anti-LGBT Law

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Bruce Springsteen stands with North Carolina’s LGBT community.

Legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen has cancelled his upcoming North Carolina concert over the state’s new anti-LGBT law.

The 20-time Grammy Award winner is widely known for his Americana – working class lyrics joins an ever increasing list of celebrities, businesses and cities that are cancelling business and engagement in the state.

Springsteen noted in his statement that “some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against 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.”

His full statement, posted on Facebook, reads as follows:

“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.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”

Posted by Bruce Springsteen on Friday, April 8, 2016

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