Bruce Springsteen cancels U.S concert over transgender toilets

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has cancelled an upcoming gig in North Carolina over the US state’s new anti-gay law.

The rock legend released a statement confirming the news that he had pulled the plug on the Sunday gig because ‘some things are more important than a rock show’.

North Carolina have just passed the House Bill 2, known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which states that transgender people can only use 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 also limits the rights of the whole LGBT community by invalidating several local anti-discrimination measures designed to protect them.

The full statement

The Boss explained the reasons behind his stance: “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.”

Read the full statement from Bruce Springsteen below.

Springsteen apologised to his fans for cancelling the show after the bill was signed into law by Gov Pat McCroy last month after it had being approved by the Republican Senate.

Bruce’s E-Street band guitarist Steven Van Zandt also spoke out about the cancellation saying it wasn’t a decision the band made easily.

Presenting a lifetime achievement award to Bert Berns at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony in New York on Friday, he said: “You never want to disappoint fans.

“But this evil and vile discrimination is starting to spread state to state. We better take a stand now, early and try to stop it or at least set some kind of example for others to do the same.”

The rock star and his band are the first musical act to cancel a performance in the fight against the bill, but others in the entertainment industry have spoken out against it.

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Major companies like Apple, Bank of America and IBM have all criticised the law and celebs like Miley Cyrus and Ruby Rose support the band’s decision.

The Orange is the New Black star posted a picture to Instagram which read: ‘Thanks Bruce for standing up against GOP hate and cancelling your N.C concert.’

Bruce Springsteen’s full statement

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.

 

STORY COURTESY OF:  NATALIE CORNER @ Mirror.co.uk