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Bruce Springsteen cancels NC show in protest of HB2

Bruce Springsteen has cancelled his April 10th concert in Greensboro, North Carolina in protest of the sate's new HB2 law. HB2 has become known as North Carolina's "bathroom bill" due to it legally nullifying any local citywide ordinances in the state that protected transgender rights, with many paying specific attention to the rights of transgender individuals' using the bathroom that matches their preferred gender if they have not taken legal or surgical steps to change their preferred gender.  The law also defines classes of discrimination statewide based on race, religion, age, handicap, and nationality.

Here is Springsteen's full press release:

"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.

source: brucespringsteen.net

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