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Max Weinberg and Bruce Springsteen of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on March 31, 2016.
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In protest of recently passed anti-gay legislation In North Carolina, musician Bruce Springsteen announced he was canceling his upcoming show in the state.

Springsteen was slated to play in Greensboro on Sunday, but said he finds the passing of House Bill 2 unacceptable, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“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,” he said in a statement. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

The law, which was signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in March, prevents in-state municipalities from passing anti-discrimination regulations and forces transgender individuals to use the bathroom associated with their birth gender, not the one for the sex with which they identify.

Springsteen joins several companies and other notable personalities who have changed or severed ties with the state over the law’s passing.

PayPal canceled plans for a major expansion in the state and Rob Reiner vowed not to film in North Carolina until the law is repealed.



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