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Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Anti-LGBT 'Bathroom Law' HB2

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Bruce Springsteen is the latest public figure to strike back at North Carolina's new anti-LGBT "bathroom law" HB2.

Recently, former basketball player Charles Barkley has called for the 2017 NBA All-Star game to be moved from Charlotte while PayPal has decided against an expansion there. Google Ventures recently announced they won't back any start-ups from North Carolina and over 100 business leaders, including Apple and Facebook, signed a letter blasting the law.

Now The Boss has joined the fight.

In a letter posted to Facebook on Friday, Springsteen wrote he was cancelling his Greensboro, North Carolina concert this Sunday because "some things are more important than a rock show."

Here is Springsteen's full letter:

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.

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