To “show solidarity for those freedom fighters”

Bruce Springsteen*1 “A statement from Bruce Springsteen on North Carolina”
Amanda Holpuch “Bruce Springsteen pulls out of North Carolina concert over anti-LGBT law”


North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act allows governments to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and prevents municipal governments from creating local laws that would offer these groups protections. Under the law, all public institutions must post signs designating that bathrooms and locker rooms are to be used only based on biological sex.

Republican state legislators pushed the law through North Carolina’s general assembly and it was signed by the state’s governor, Pat McCrory, in just one day*3. Three people have filed a federal lawsuit against the act*4 .

Major businesses including Bank of America and American Airlines, which are based in Charlotte, quickly condemned the law*5. This week, PayPal cancelled plans to open a new operation center in Charlotte, which would have employed more than 400 people*6.

“Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments,” Springsteen said. “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.”

*1:See also

*2: See eg.,_North_Carolina

*3:See Amanda Holpuch “North Carolina's new discrimination law ‘cruel and insulting’ says LGBT group”

*4:See Amanda Holpuch “Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of North Carolina LGBT discrimination law”

*5:See Matthew Teague and Jana Kasperkevic “A divided North Carolina draws national attention in fight over transgender law”

*6:See Jana Kasperkevic “PayPal cancels North Carolina center in protest of law that 'denies equal rights'”