Music legend Bruce Springsteen has canceled an April 10 concert in Greensboro, North Carolina because of the recently passed HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which mandates transgender people can only use public restrooms that match the gender they were born and forbids municipalities from passing any LGBT protections.
“No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden,” Springsteen wrote in a statement on his website. “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.”
Springsteen goes on to apologize to the fans who had purchased tickets to the concert and assured they will all be refunded.
“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,” Springsteen wrote. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
Springsteen joins numerous companies, organizations and other state and city governments in denouncing the North Carolina law and cancelling or halting business within the state.
Read Springsteen’s full statement here.