Elton John States Gay Rights Are Going Backwards In The US

Famous singer Elton John has stated that gay rights are moving backwards in the US in response to the slew of anti-LGBT+ legislation being brought up throughout the nation’s governments. 

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Elton John has spoken up about the “disgraceful” laws that are discriminating against LGBT+ people throughout the US. The singer has stated that he would no longer be doing residencies in the US, and would be considering more live shows elsewhere. 

“It’s all going pear-shaped in America. There’s violence, [discriminatory] laws enacted in Florida, which are disgraceful. There’s a law now that, if you visit a doctor in Florida, they can refuse to treat you if you’re gay, which I find just unbelievable. We seem to be going backwards. And that spreads. It’s like a virus that the LGBTQ+ movement is suffering,” he told the Radio Times, as reported by The Guardian

John also famously founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation which has raised more than $525 million, saving nearly 5 million lives. He passionately spoke on the rise in homophobia and general LGBT discrimination, which he stated is also existent in Britain.

“I don’t like it at all. It’s a growing swell of anger and homophobia that’s around America. I don’t know if it’s around Britain, because I haven’t been here that much. But I feel that the Philip Schofield thing has been totally homophobic. If it was a straight guy in a fling with a young woman, it wouldn’t even make the papers.”

John is headlining Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage next Sunday, as a part of his final tour known as the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which began seven years ago. John stated he wasn’t planning on touring anymore because he wanted to spend more time with his sons. 

The tour was initially meant to go on for three years, however John endured a hip replacement, which delayed the tour as well as the pandemic. The tour is now set to end on July 8th in Stockholm after a total of 333 shows over five years. 

Now that the date is nearing, John has stated that he may not be done with live performing after all, however, he isn’t planning on doing it in America anytime soon.

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“I said when I announced the farewell tour that maybe I would do a residency like Kate Bush did at Hammersmith, but not in America. I will not do it in America.”

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According to Billboard magazine, “John has sold about 300 million records in a career spanning more than half a century, and is the highest-grossing solo artist of all time, with his earnings totaling $1.898 billion.”

John discussed how his performance in Glastonbury will be his first, something he’s really looking forward to. 

“It’s the only really important festival for me in the world, to be honest. It’s all about music. Some American ones are good but some are a bit posey. Glastonbury gives new acts a chance,” he said.

When asked about his legacy and what he’s really like to be remembered for, he mentioned being a great father, as well as a champion for new and experienced musicians. 

“The hardest thing in the world is to be a good parent. And I never thought I would be a parent. But I love the challenge of it. It gives me so much joy and pleasure to be with those boys and David. It’s just phenomenal,” he stated.