Bruce Springsteen has cancelled a concert in North Carolina in protest over a law he believes discriminates against transgender people.
The 66-year-old rocker stated that he and the E Street Band were abandoning their performance in Greensboro on 10 April in order to “show solidarity for those freedom fighters” who oppose the legislation. Mr. Springsteen also remarked “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 ‘Born in the USA’ singer added, “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry is one of them”. A post on his Twitter account reads “Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase”.
North Carolina have recently passed the House Bill 2, known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which states that transgender people can only utilize public bathrooms and changing facilities that correspond to the gender featured on their birth certificate.
Critics of the law have said that it discriminates not only against transgender people but it also limits the rights of the whole LGBT community, by invalidating several local anti-discrimination measures designed to protect them.
The state’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory signed the measure on 23 March, as State Republican lawmakers warned that the “radical” Charlotte measure would have allowed predators to enter women’s bathrooms. The new law overturned a Charlotte city ordinance that enabled transgender people to use public toilets that matched their gender identities.
Last week, PayPal diminished plans to build a new operations centre in Charlotte, which would have employed at least 400 skilled workers, because of the law. Google, Apple, IBM and American Airlines are among other companies that have condemned it.
Critics have denounced the governor’s move as an attack on the LGBT community.