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Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina show over controversial anti-LGBT law

Bruce Springsteen performing at Roskilde Festival 2012. (Photo credit: Bill Ebbesen / MGN)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WLOS) -- Bruce Springsteen has canceled a North Carolina concert in protest of House Bill 2 -- a controversial measure that has drawn the ire of the LGBT community.

He said the April 10 show in Greensboro was canceled in a tweet on Friday.

"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 said in a statement on his website.

Governor Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law on March 23, 2016, after lawmakers met for a special session to address the non-discrimination ordinance Charlotte passed in February.

The law was designed to keep local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination rules.

Now cities, towns and counties can't pass anti-discrimination rules beyond a new state standard. And public schools, public college campuses, and government agencies must require bathrooms or locker rooms be designated for use only by people based on their biological sex.

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"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 said.

According to the musician's website, tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

See Springsteen'sfull statement below:

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. 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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