Article by Sam Caffrey | esPResso Staff Writer
On Wednesday, March 23, North Carolina’s Congress passed a controversial law that has received copious amounts of negative backlash and responses, including singer/songwriter and legend Bruce Springsteen cancelling a much-anticipated show in protest of the decision.
The law in which everyone is protesting against is called the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, or the HB2 law. The law requires all people to abide by their biological sex as recorded on their birth certificate when using multiple occupancy bathrooms and public changing facilities in public schools, government facilities and public campuses. Essentially, the law prohibits transgender people from using the facility in which they please and it is being seen as a form of discrimination by multiple people across the country.
Many individuals and companies have taken a stand against this newly passed law, such as Pay Pal, who withdrew plans to build a new center in Charlotte, N.C. However, perhaps the biggest voice was Bruce Springsteen and the statement he made on April 8th.
Bruce has been back on the road for his The River Tour 2016 and as expected, people were ecstatic. As my mother would say, everyone needs to see Bruce Springsteen at least once in their life. Along with singing and songwriting, Springsteen also prides himself in being a humanitarian. On Friday, April 8, just two days before his concert on Sunday, April 10, Springsteen released a statement on his website announcing his cancellation of the concert and his reasoning behind it. People have been protesting this law since it was released but nothing made quite as big if an impact as Bruce’s statement did. According to brucespringsteen.net, Springsteen believes that this is an act made by people who cannot accept the progress this country has made in the past few years with LGBTQ rights. He ends by saying:
“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.”
By taking this stand, Bruce has set an example for all of us and given the people a voice that have been struggling to be heard.