Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Law Affecting LGBT Rights
April 8, 2016 at 1:13 PM (PT)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN canceled SUNDAY's concert in GREENSBORO, NC, citing HB-2 and the rights of LGBT citizens, according to local ABC11 reports.
SPRINGSTEEN wrote a personal letter that the PUBLIC FACILITIES PRIVACY AND SECURITY ACT is "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 apologized to his fans on his website and tweeted a link to his entire statement. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
His full statement is below:
As you, my fans, know I'm scheduled to play in GREENSBORO, NC, 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, APRIIL 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.
A statement from Bruce Springsteen on North Carolina: https://t.co/YahXTKffvV— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) April 8, 2016