The singer, who had been scheduled to perform in Greensboro Sunday, announced today that he would not be doing the show because the state passed HB2, or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.
Refunds will be available for fans who had purchased tickets.
"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," Springsteen wrote in a message on his website. "It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards."
Springsteen's decision to cancel his show, was praised on Twitter by public figures.
One more incredible reason to love Bruce Springsteen.Your integrity is inspiring! From one boss to another @springsteen thank you for NC! XO— Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) April 9, 2016
THE BOSS! "Some things r more important than a rock show & this fight against prejudice & bigotry is one of them."https://t.co/07sNoK9OhN— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) April 8, 2016
Under the new law, transgender people who have not legally changed their sex will not be able to use the public restrooms of the gender with which they identify. The law also limits how the LGBT community can pursue claims of discrimination.
Springsteen also wrote, "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."