ANDDOS supports Springsteen in his fight against discrimination

ANDDOS, Italian Association against sexual orientation discrimination (73 clubs in 15 regions of Italy, 177.000 members), praises Bruce Springsteen: he has canceled a show in North Carolina to protest the state’s recently-passed Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, an anti-LGBT law known as the bathroom bill.

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The New Jersey rock legend, Bruce Springsteen, was scheduled to play with the E Street Band at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, North Carolina last April 10.

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Among other provisions, the new law prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms or locker rooms matching their gender identity, instead assigning them to facilities based on the gender indicated on their birth certificates. It also bans local anti-discrimination laws that include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, trumping a Charlotte ordinance that outlawed LGBT discrimination in businesses and workplaces.

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

“We are filled with admiration at the Bruce Springsteen protest – says Italian president Mario Marco Canale – because of the state’s new law blocking anti-discrimination rules for the LGBT community. Italian community applauds the star Bruce Springsteen for putting morality over money.

ANDDOS wants a society where all people are respected and considered without differences. We are a non-profit association founded in July 2012: we promote a positive image of homosexuality and homosexuals in society, as well as to uphold the civil rights and the freedom of LGBTI community. Our mission is to support the creation of safe environments where are people can find protection, openly reveal their sexuality and, through interaction with others, find the courage to “coming out” and participate in the social life. Cruelty, indifference to human rights and the prejudices have hurt so many people.

ANDDOS considers it anti-American to discriminate against people. Under the law in North Carolina, all public institutions must post signs designating that bathrooms and locker rooms are to be used only based on biological sex. This legislation also bans local governments from extending civil rights protections to gay and transgender people. But whether it’s women, whether it’s gay, transgender, there’s no difference: it was very important to everyone in North Carolina to take a stand early in this before it starts to spread all over the place against anti-LGBT law that legalises discrimination”.

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