Monday, September 26, 2016

Elton John Slams ‘Ignorance’ of NC Anti-LGBT Law

Elton John Slams ‘Ignorance’ of NC Anti-LGBT Law

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Pop star Elton John has criticised North Carolina governor for signing an anti-LGBT bill which would ban LGBT people from using a public toilet.

In his opinion piece written for The Hill, John has opined that the bill is discriminatory. Elton John called House Bill 2 (HB2) as anti-LGBT. He urged those people in power should understand the needs of the LGBT community. He stated that HB2, which has been opposed by the European Union, would prove as a waste of millions of taxpayer’s dollars. He added that the worst part is that North Carolina Governor  Pat McCrory has signed the bill after confessing he had never met a transgender person.

John further added that this kind of ignorance prevents the “perspective of an already marginalised community”. According to John, “it’s dangerous, and it goes beyond bathrooms.”

Sir John observed, “Forcing transgender people to use the bathroom of a gender which they don’t identify with isn’t just inconvenient or impractical. For many, especially young students still grappling with their transition, it can be traumatic, and at worst, unsafe.”

Noteworthy, that the law has been debated in many states and some of the states like Mississippi and Alabama have already implemented the change. In North Carolina people are opposing the law and thousands of them have signed a petition to repeal the bill, reported Mail Online.

Celebrities and companies have spoken against the law and several music artists have cancelled their concerts in the state. Elton John is the latest among the celebrities to join the brigade which condemns the law. Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato have just recently cancelled their shows in the state, as per the report of ABC. On the other hand, Cyndi Lauper turned her concert date into a protest rally against the law.

Among the companies, PayPal was planning to build a new office which could have brought employments to more than 400 people but dropped the idea after the bill was passed.