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Bruce Springsteen Cancels NC Concert Over Anti-LGBT Law

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Bruce Springsteen canceled his April 10 concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, because he does not support the state’s new law that removes protections for the LGBT community.

In March, North Carolina passed House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Securities Act, which requires people use bathroom facilities based on their biological sex, not the gender they identify with, NPR reported. It also prevents local governments from passing anti-discrimination laws for gay and transgender people.

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The law has been criticized as being discriminatory and limiting of the rights that should be afforded to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

Springsteen, out of support for the LGBT community, has decided to not perform in the state.

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“To my mind, [House Bill 2] is 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,” Springsteen wrote on his website. “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.“

A federal lawsuit has been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and several other plaintiffs against the new law, arguing that it discriminates against the LGBT community, according to NPR.

"We are asking the court to overturn House Bill 2 because it is unconstitutional, because it violates the Equal Protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, because it discriminates on the basis of sex and sexual orientation, and because it is an invasion of privacy for transgender men and transgender women," North Carolina’s ACLU Legal Director Chris Brooks said.

Springsteen finds fighting against the discriminatory law more important than performing a concert.

“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,” he wrote on his website. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

Sources: NPR, Bruce Springsteen / Photo credit: Bruce Springsteen