#PeeingForPat Mocks North Carolina Governor

| by Michael Allen

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina has been targeted in a new online campaign for signing the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act on March 23.

The new law, HB 2, bans cities and counties in the state from passing their own anti-LGBT discrimination ordinances and stops workers from suing companies for discrimination under a state anti-discrimination law, noted ProPublica via Mother Jones.

HB 2 also requires people to use public restrooms per their biological sex (no gender identity), which led activist Sam Moore to propose a campaign on Facebook on April 4, stating; "Every time you use a North Carolina public restroom, be sure to contact Governor Pat McCrory to confirm your adherence to or disregard of #HB2. #PeeingForPat."

Moore posted a picture of a toilet and listed McCrory's official phone number and social media accounts.

Singer Bruce Springsteen canceled an April 10 concert in Greensboro to protest the law. The Boss recently made the announcement on his website:

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.

The site states, "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase."

Sources: Sam Moore/FacebookProPublica via Mother Jones, Bruce Springsteen / Photo Credit: Sam Moore/Facebook

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