Bruce Springsteen Protests Bathroom Law


Springsteen has cancelled scheduled concerts in North Carolina in what he called “the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.” The law bans transgender citizens from using a bathroom that does not match the gender on their birth certificate and curtails their rights to sue when their rights are violated in the workplace. Of the law, Springsteen said:

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.

In response, a North Carolinian congressman called Springsteen “a bully.” Because that’s what you are when you call attention to prejudice against vulnerable groups. How dare he. Read Springsteen’s full statement here.

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →