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Elton John Warns LGBTQ+ Rights Are 'Going Backwards' in the U.S.

Elton John Warns LGBTQ+ Rights Are 'Going Backwards' in the U.S.

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The legendary gay singer says he won't be doing any more concert residencies in the States.

Elton John has spoken out against "disgraceful" anti-LGBTQ+ legislation being passed in Florida and across the US.

The 76-year-old out singer spoke with Radio Times ahead of his headlining concert at Glastonbury Festival, which he claims will be his final U.K. show.

In addition to discussing his ongoing Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, John voiced his displeasure at the state of LGBTQ+ rights in the US.

“It’s all going pear-shaped in America,” he told the Radio Times. “There’s violence, [and] 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," John said, referring to the "Right to Discriminate" law signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in May.

"We seem to be going backwards," he added, "and that spreads. It’s like a virus that the LGBTQ+ movement is suffering."

For John, who came out as bisexual in 1976 and gay in 1992, America has become a hotbed of homophobia. “I don’t like it at all," he shared. "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 Phillip Schofield [gay British TV presenter embroiled in an affair] 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,” he continued.

The "Rocket Man" singer also stated that he won't be returning to the states for any residencies.

“I said when I announced the farewell tour that maybe I would do a residency like Kate Bush did at Hammersmith [Apollo in 2014], but not in America. I will not do it in America."

John will perform on Glastonbury's historic Pyramid Stage this Sunday.

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