Target: Bruce Springsteen
Goal: Thank Bruce Springsteen for standing up for the LGBT community.
North Carolina has recently passed a law that infringes on the rights of the LGBT community. Nicknamed “the bathroom law,” this new legislation requires all people to use the public restroom that corresponds with the listing on his or her birth certificate. For transitioning or transgendered people, this causes undue stress when simply trying to use a restroom.
This law has been heavily contested, but it is also poorly written and, according to police bureaus across the state, difficult to enforce. The law was passed and enacted overnight and without protocols in place — this lack of attention and care signals that this law is a blind act of discrimination and it must be repealed.
Multiple individuals, organizations, and even U.S. cities have protested the bathroom law by picketing, refusing to do business in North Carolina or instating bans on “unnecessary” travel. To show solidarity for the LGBT community, Bruce Springsteen has canceled his concert in Greensboro. By putting basic human rights before his art, he has sent a strong message to North Carolina — hopefully one strong enough to take down this law.
Please thank Bruce Springsteen for his unwillingness to accept discrimination proven by his refusal to play in North Carolina.
Dear Mr. Springsteen,
Thank you for standing up for the LGBT community by refusing to perform in Greensboro, North Carolina.
This act is a form of protest against “the bathroom law” that takes away basic human rights for transgendered or transitioning people who wish to use a restroom that best matches their level of comfort. The state of North Carolina has been remiss in protecting the rights of the LGBT community by quickly and carelessly passing this law. It is discriminatory, closed-minded and cannot continue.
Protesters have done an excellent job of standing up for those who feel as if they have no voice — from the mayor of Dayton, Ohio instating a ban on unnecessary travel to North Carolina to PayPal refusing to open a new headquarters in Charlotte. Your actions have bolstered these efforts to strike down ignorance and bigotry. By standing together, we all can show North Carolina’s lawmakers that their rash decisions and misguided fears are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
As an artist, it’s difficult to make choices that will disappoint fans and interrupt concert schedules, but by choosing to focus on basic human rights, you have lent your voice to an issue that needs attention. Thank you for refusing to play in North Carolina in protest of “the bathroom law.”
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