~~April 13, 2016~~
THE BOSS SPEAKS
This is old news by now.
I needed to recognize Bruce Springsteen’s actions and comments as they are very close to my heart.
I do not live in North Carolina. I live in Florida.
I am a member of the LGBTQ community and, as such, this law and others that may be coming down the pike, are very worrisome.
Huge steps were made this past year to assure equality of all LGBTQ citizens.
It all stems from the Obergefell v. Hodges SCOTUS decision.
Those pushing laws against a decision already made by the highest court of the land only show how small and petty their hearts are.
They claim “religious freedom”.
In my book, religion dictates kindness and love for all.
This law does the total opposite and shows the real “faces” of those behind such underhanded, scheming actions. Keep in mind that these are government officials elected to abide by the rule of law and the will of the people who got then there.
Thank you, Mr. Springsteen.
A Statement From Bruce Springsteen On North Carolina
APRIL 8, 2016
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.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled.
Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
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