April 20, 2016 by User

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Matchbox 20 Frontman Rob Thomas And Gay Rights: 'I Want To Be On The Right Side Of History’

Left and right, it seems like there are musicians making stands with the LGBTQ community, be it with a statement, an empowering anthem, or by refusing to perform somewhere. Recently, a handful of stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam have all canceled shows over legislation they see as reprehensible, potentially losing out on hundreds of thousands or even millions in ticket sales and merchandise revenue.

Last week, the Trevor Project, an organization that operates a suicide hotline specifically for LGBTQ youth, held its annual spring event. That night, the nonprofit gave a very special ally award to Matchbox 20 frontman and solo artist Rob Thomas, who is not gay himself. It was a very purposeful choice, and one that sends a message that straight allies are incredibly important, especially in the music industry. Thomas is also a musician that has a platform on which to speak, thanks to his many successes in the industry. As the leader of his band, Thomas has penned or co-penned eleven top 40 hits, and that number expands to fourteen when his solo work is added in. He has a sizable collection of gold and platinum albums, and three Grammys (out of nine nominations). He has earned the position he is in, and he is able and willing to use it now.

I sat down with Rob before he accepted his award and performed for the crowd of several hundred people, and he spoke at length about why he was here to claim a prize simply because he stands for what seems like common sense, and we talked about whether he would cancel shows based on a state or city’s discriminatory laws.

Check out the full interview at forbes.com

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  1. Tammy Little avatar

    Tammy Little

    On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 9:05 PM, Tammy Little said:

    Dear Rob Thomas,

    I am a long time fan of your music and I am so excited about attending your concert in Charlotte ,NC in July. Please do not cancel your concert. I changed my family vacation so I could see the show. I am counting on you! There will always be differences of opinions no matter what the topic or the location.

  2. amy b avatar

    amy b

    On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 9:07 PM, amy b said:

    I read the interview and I am from NC. There are probably a lot of us who love Rob Thomas and admire his talent for making music and song writing, but it bothers me that more and more celebrities are insulting many of their fans for our beliefs. I for one agree with the bill in NC that continues bathroom/lockerroom practices as they are, and not to allow males who are biologically born as male to enter a lockeroom or restroom with me or my children. I think this issue is very separate from people's support or lack thereof of the gay community. I too have gay friends and customers who I admire and respect very much. I love them simply as the people they are...not because they're gay or straight. I don't however support gay marriage because that's MY belief that marriage was created by God between a man and woman. And I don't understand why supporters of these issues who are asking the rest of us to be so tolerant, are so INTOLERANT of the fact that we are allowed to have our beliefs too. The irony is a bit hypocritical. There are a lot of us who love people as they are no matter what but we just don't happen to support gay marriage or biologically born males in our female restrooms. Our beliefs and values are just as important as yours, and if you preach tolerance, then you must be willing to be tolerant of those who are feel differently than you do as well. Just my two cents worth for the day...

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