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Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina show due to HB2 law

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Bruce Springsteen has cancelled his concert in Greensboro on Sunday because of North Carolina’s controversial new LGBT bill.

The legendary musician released the following statement on Friday:

“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.”

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory recently signed the bill, called the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, after it was passed by the North Carolina Senate.

The law was in response to Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance that allowed transgender individuals to use public bathrooms of the sex with which they identify.

The bill blocks transgender individuals from using public bathrooms that match their gender identity and stops cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect gay and transgender people.

The Greensboro Coliseum is not commenting on the issue.

The “Born in the U.S.A” and “Dancing in the Dark” singer, known by many as “The Boss,” plays his next show Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.


  • REAGAN 84

    Who cares what a Satan disciple Libtard does?? They don’t matter!! Good riddance Bruce,your music SUCKS!!

  • imcrazy

    Do heterosexuals have a right to privacy?
    By enacting new laws aren’t someone elses rights being violated?
    Can’t help but compare this to the freedom from religion protests. Don’t want to offend anyone but they offended Christians.

  • Big Man

    Oooh, I bet North Carolina is really shaking in there boots, Bruce. You really showed ’em. You cancelled your stupid concert. Wow. Your music is terrible and so are your politics. You’re a joke !!!!

  • Jlwat

    Well, I always like Bruce’s music. But I can live without it. Who is he to tell me and my daughter that we should be fine sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with men that wish they were female, but worse, the predators that will take advantage of these bathroom laws. It’s women’s and girl’s safety that is threatened now. The majority have to give way to the tiny minority of gender confused individuals? This doesn’t make sense on any level, and it doesn’t make you a bigot to point that out, or worry about predators that will love this. Bruce you’re an idiot. Who are you to tell anyone what to think? And the same question goes to all the corporations doing the same.

  • imcrazy

    The headlines read discrimination or anti gay. How are they being discriminated against? How they being persecuted?
    I choose to be single like many others. I have been called names and discriminated against but I live with the choices I made. I’m not going to become some whiny wimp because someone does something I don’t like.
    Life is not fair.
    BTW, I have nothing against alternative lifestyles. Just live with it.

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