Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled an upcoming North Carolina concert to protest the state's new anti-LGBT law and "to show solidarity for those freedom fighters."
The announcement came on Friday, two days before the concert in Greensboro, N.C. on Sunday, April 10.
Known as House Bill 2 (HB2), the North Carolina 'bathroom law' limits transgender people to using the public restrooms intended for the gender listed on their birth certificates.
"The law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace," Springsteen wrote on Facebook. "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."
Many North Carolina businesses protested the controversial law by offering their public restrooms to the transgender community. Leaders from top U.S. companies penned a 4-page letter asking Gov. Pat McCroy to repeal the law. PayPal also announced that they are scrapping a plan to open an office in the Tar Heel state.
Springsteen's courageous act makes him one of the first major entertainers to cancel an event in North Carolina because of the law. Many fans went online to support his decision to cancel the show.
"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."
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