Rockers’ fight with North Carolina

Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Laura Jane Grace and Bryan Adams fighting the new North Carolina bill in their own way
Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Laura Jane Grace and Bryan Adams fighting the new North Carolina bill in their own way

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the House Bill 2 law in March. The House Bill 2 states what people are only able to use public bathrooms based on their “biological sex”  on their birth certificate.

This concerns transgenders who identify themselves with a different gender than what states on their birth certificate. It also allows local businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

This angered many of the LGBT community and a few big name rockers have decided to fight against the bill by protesting upcoming shows in North Carolina

Bruce Springsteen of the E Street Band cancelled his April 10th, Greensboro show. He released a statement why he had to cancel.

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.

Springsteen ended his letter by apologizing to his fans but insisted that this is a stand he must take.

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.

Singer Bryan Adams has also canceled his show in North Carolina. The “Summer of ’69” singer used Instagram to voice his opinion as he posted a picture of a rainbow.

“I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.

Pearl Jam also decided to take a stance on the North Carolina bill by objecting to perform in the state.

We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.

It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.

One rocker who is deciding to protest the law a different way in transgender Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace. Grace announce she was transgender in 2012 and since, along with her band released an album called Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

She is actually planning to perform on the band’s May 15 gig in North Carolina. She talked to Buzzfeed News.

“I’m going to create an event around the show as a form of protest to say that despite whatever stupid laws they enact, trans people are not going to be scared,

“They are not going to go away.”


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