Legendary rock act Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band recently cancelled its show that was due to take place this weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina due to the fact that the state has just passed HB2 (The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act), or “the bathroom law.” The law in question implements the ruling that dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. The law was passed on March 23 by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat McCrory and has made it illegal for cities to expand upon its longstanding laws that regulated issues such as workplace discrimination and public accommodations. Springsteen’s announcement was made on SirusXM’s “E Street Radio.” Read his official statement and listen to the broadcast below.
“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.”
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams has also joined in the fight of discrimination by cancelling a scheduled for April 14th concert date in Biloxi, Mississippi. Adams shared a statement Sunday night explaining his decision, which stems from a recently passed Mississippi law that outlaws the punishment of people who discriminate against others based on sexual orientation.
“I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi,” Adams said. “I cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation. … Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day.”