Showing posts with label Pro Gay Musicians. Show all posts
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July 21, 2016

Third Eye Band Teaches the GOPrs Out for a Night a Lesson

Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind performs during the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 
on June 12, 2016 in Manchester, Tenn. 

90's rock band Third Eye Blind  stuck it the manTuesday night when frontman Stephan Jenkins opted to express his frustration with Republican values during a charity concert held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland instead of performing his hits as he had initially agreed to do. 
The concert hosted by the Recording Industry Association of America and AT&T was billed as a pro-America event for GOP voters attending the nearby Republican National Convention. But Jenkins soon began lecturing the crowd about LGBT rights. 
"We believe in tolerance, acceptance," he said, as the crowd booed, according to multiple media reports.  At another point, he taunted the crowd: “Raise your hand if you believe in science." 

Jenkins also refused to play many of Third Eye Blind's hits during the 10-song set list, including its alt-rock anthem "Semi-Charmed Life." 
"You can boo all you want, but I'm the motherf****** artist up here," Jenkins told the crowd.
The angst continued online. 

Witnesses at the group’s Tuesday night show in Cleveland, a charity gig inside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, reported that Jenkins used the occasion to say he “repudiates” what the Republican party now stands for. Clips uploaded to social media platforms show the crowd booing, followed by Jenkins exclaiming: “You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherf—-in’ artist up here.”
 "Third Eye Blind is playing new s--- and I am not pleased," tweeted Elizabeth Harrington, a writer for the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website.
After Twitter user Liza White tweeted at the band’s account, “I have never been more disappointed," the verified band’s account snipped back: "Good."  the New York Daily News reported. Jenkins did perform the band's hit "Jumper," a story of a gay man committing suicide, while sharing the story of his cousins, who are gay.
"To love this song, is to take into your heart the message and to actually, actually have a feeling to arrive and move forward and not live in fear and imposing that fear onto other people," said Jenkins.
Republican nominee Donald Trump promised a star-studded Republican convention this year, but the star power that showed up was not exactly A-list material. There was Antonio Sabato Jr., a former Calvin Klein model, and golfer Natalie Gulbis. Trump supporters Mike Tyson and NASCAR chairman Brian France decided to skip the event. 


April 11, 2016

“The Boss” Springsteen Cancels NC over Anti gay Law

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On Friday, Bruce Springsteen cancelled his upcoming show in Greensboro, North Carolina, citing his opposition to the state’s sweeping new anti-LGBTQ law. “North Carolina has just passed HB2,” Springsteen wrote on his website, explaining that the law “dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use.”

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. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. 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. 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 is a longtime gay rights supporter. In 1996, in an interview with the Advocate, he explained that he “didn’t buy a lot of those negative attitudes” about homosexuality as a teenager and had gay friends. He also noted that he considered himself a misfit at the time:

Basically, I was pretty ostracized in my hometown. Me and a few other guys were the town freaks—and there were many occasions when we were dodging getting beaten up ourselves. So, no, I didn't feel a part of those homophobic ideas. Also, I started to play in clubs when I was l6 or 17, and I was exposed to a lot of different lifestyles and a lot of different things. It was the sixties, and I was young, I was open-minded, and I wasn't naturally intolerant.
The Boss then delivered a nice soliloquy on “the values that are at work in my work”:

Certainly tolerance and acceptance were at the forefront of my music. If my work was about anything, it was about the search for identity, for personal recognition, for acceptance, for communion, and for a big country. I've always felt that's why people come to my shows, because they feel that big country in their hearts.
Springsteen is also known for passionately kissing male band mate Clarence Clemons on stage. 

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers the law and LGBTQ issues.

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