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Springsteen takes a stand for North Carolina

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Bruce Springsteen


The Boss takes a stand against the NC "Bathroom Law".

No stranger to activism and politics, Bruce Springsteen – The Boss has taken a stand against the narrow-minded and destructive policies brought into place in North Carolina with regards to transgender individuals. The controversial “Bathroom Law” recently brought into place determines which public facilities a transgender person may use regardless of how they identify. Without question, Springsteen has always identified with the downtrodden in society and has vocally rallied against prejudice and bigotry and in perhaps his biggest gesture to date has cancelled his upcoming show in Greensboro, NC.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were scheduled to play the Greensboro Coliseum this Sunday to a crowd of around 15,000. The show will now not go ahead as The Boss announced his decision to stand in “solidarity” with those protesting the new law. All those with tickets for the show are eligible for a full refund.

The controversial “bathroom law” requires people to use bathrooms and public facilities determined by the given gender on their birth certificate and has drawn criticism from gay and transgender people and human rights activists.

Springsteen is forthright in his decision and condemns the law as a reversal of progress.

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…

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.

The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act was signed by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory last month after the General Assembly held a special session to push through legislation. Springsteen is not the first to withdraw from commitments in the state and may not be the last…

Read Bruce Springsteen’s full statement on the decision to cancel his 10th April show in Greensboro, NC.