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'Keep Your Heads Up' - Springsteen Denounces Michigan Transgender Bathroom Bill

By Mark Judge | April 15, 2016 | 9:58am EDT
Bruce Springsteen (AP photo)

Billboard.com and the Detroit Free Press are reporting that rocker Bruce Springsteen denounced a Michigan bill that would require Michigan students to only use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their birth gender.

Billboard’s Gary Graff reports that at a concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan on April 14, Springsteen brought up the bill:

After saluting the work of the local Gleaners Community Food Bank, Springsteen warned the Palace crowd that Michigan was considering LGBT-discriminating legislation "similar to the ones that forced us to cancel our show in North Carolina" on April 10 in Greensboro.

"We hope the bill doesn't pass, 'cause we love playing in Michigan," Springsteen added. "So keep your heads up." 

Tom McCollum of the Detroit Free Press reports that:

Springsteen was presumably referencing recent remarks by Michigan Sen. Tom Casperson, who wants legislation that would bar the state’s K-12 students from using bathrooms that don’t match their biological sex. Springsteen had nixed his scheduled Sunday show in Greensboro, N.C., to “show solidarity” with people protesting that state’s new law regulating restroom use.

On February 23, the Michigan Department of Education released a memorandum, “Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students.” One of the guidelines suggested in the document is allowing Michigan transgender students to "use the restroom in accordance with their gender identity."

According to information posted  by Sen. Casperson (R-Escanaba) on his website on March 29:

State Sen. Tom Casperson announced Tuesday that he will introduce legislation in response to a state Department of Education Draft Guidance document, “Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students.”

The document outlined guidance for the state’s school districts on how to address the issues of these students, including restroom and locker room use, among others.

The bill, which has been requested but yet to be introduced, would require Michigan students to only use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their birth gender.

“It is hard to believe that a state board, which is clearly out of touch with Michigan residents, got assistance from equally out of touch unelected bureaucrats to develop such a document to fundamentally change Michigan’s public education system without the public’s prior knowledge or consent,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “In the pursuit of social justice, this so-called draft guidance document creates numerous problems, from the elimination of parental authority and notification to threatening student safety and beyond. My bill would stop this policy dead in its tracks.”

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