Bruce Springsteen Lashes Out at Anti-Gay Laws During Detroit Gig
Bruce Springsteen took aim at politicians and legislators who are making life hard for gay and transgender Americans during a gig in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday. Just days after he scrapped a show in North Carolina as a protest against a new anti-LGBT state law, which restricts the public bathrooms transgenders can use, The Boss showed he was still upset about the controversy onstage at the Palace of Auburn Hills, where he was joined by city rock legend Bob Seger.
And he warned fans that the issues surrounding anti-gay bills could be coming their way soon, revealing that Michigan lawmakers were considering LGBT-discriminating legislation “similar to the ones that forced us to cancel our show in North Carolina.” “We hope the bill doesn’t pass, ’cause we love playing in Michigan,” Springsteen added. “So keep your heads up.” To hammer home his message, the rocker and his band then launched into patriotic anthem “Born in the USA.” Michigan Senator Tom Casperson has announced he’s planning to introduce a bill similar to North Carolina’s controversial Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act that restricts restroom use to the gender specified on people’s birth certificates. Ringo Starr joined Springsteen in protesting the North Carolina law, canceling his June 18 All-Star Band show in Cary, while Mumford & Sons and Cyndi Lauper will play their upcoming concerts in the state, but donate the proceeds from the gigs to charities seeking to overturn the controversial new law.