Bruce Springsteen is taking a stand against a recent, controversial law in North Carolina by canceling his show there this weekend, the singer announced Friday. In a release posted to his website, Springsteen said that he’s canceling the concert scheduled in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday in order to “show solidarity” for the people that the newly passed HB2 law affects.
“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,” Springsteen writes. “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.”
North Carolina passed HB2 on March 23 in a special session in order to block an expansion on the state’s current anti-discrimination law set to go into effect in April. The original ordinance would have granted members of the LGBT community protection in public accommodations, which would mean transgender people could safely use restrooms of the gender that they identify as. HB2 blocked the ordinance from going into effect by cementing the state’s current anti-discrimination law as unchangeable, which also limits further provisions in the realm of employment and equal pay for members of the LGBT community.
“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 writes.
Springsteen’s cancellation was announced on SiriusXM’s “E Street Radio,” which also verified that information about ticket refunds will be up on Springsteen’s site soon. You can hear the SiriusXM announcement below.[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/258021154" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&color=ff5500" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]