Bruce Springsteen, the Rock star on Friday had canceled a weekend concert in North Carolina to protest the new state law that is barring the transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.
The cancellation of the concert comes as number of U.S. states consider the legislation that is seen as discriminatory to gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender (LGBT) rights.
Springsteen, whose lyrics & actions earned him a reputation for being a low-key political activist, staed that canceling the concert was the toughest way for him to show his resistance.
“Some things are more important than a rock show & this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them,” he said in a statement.
Fans will receive the refunds for tickets to concert that was arranged for Sunday in the Greensboro, North Carolina, he added.
The U.S. South has been the epicenter of backlash to U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last year that legitimated the same-sex marriage.
This year, over a dozen states considered the laws that’d restrict bathroom access for LGBT people.
A similar law signed this week in Mississippi permits people with the religious objections to deny the wedding services to the same-sex couples & allows the employers to cite religion in determining the workplace policies on grooming, dress code, lockers & bathroom access.
On Wednesday, the South Carolina lawmakers introduced a step that’d require transgender people to use public bathrooms matching their sex at birth, and Tennessee is considering a analogous measure for the students in public schools & colleges.
On Friday, the country music stars Emmylou Harris, the pop singer Miley Cyrus, Chely Wright and Ty Herndon criticized the proposed legislation in Nashville.
The Hollywood celebrities & business leaders took a stand against a parallel so-called religious liberty bill that had passed in Georgia, and the state’s Gov. vetoed it last week.
Meanwhile, the executives from companies including The Coca-Cola Co, Northrop Grumman Corp and Intel have also signed a letter criticizing the Mississippi law.